Helpful tips to help reduce driver distraction and what to do in emergencies.

Smart Drivers Just Drive!

When driving a vehicle, road safety is your first responsibility! It is important to focus on driving and reduce driver distractions.

Driver Distraction is a Major Cause of Collisions

Using either a hand-held or hands-free cell phone while driving makes it four times more likely that you will be involved in a collision. In fact, using a cell phone affects what a driver sees, reduces reaction time and changes the way drivers react—especially in heavy traffic.

Driving for work and using a phone? Motor vehicle collisions are the greatest single cause of traumatic workplace deaths in Ontario.

Remember, smart drivers just drive! In three seconds, driving sixty kilometres per hour, you travel fifty metres—that's the distance across half a football field. A momentary distraction can result in death or serious injury.

The Following are Some Tips to Help Reduce Driver Distraction:

  • Plan for safe locations to stop (for example, rest stops or commuter lots) to make and receive calls.

  • Before you start driving turn off your cellular phone.

  • Allow calls to go to voice mail or allow a passenger to make and receive calls.

  • Consider recording an outgoing voice message that lets callers know you are on the road

In Emergencies:

Having a cellular phone in your vehicle can be an important safety aid for drivers and passengers—whether for personal safety or for reporting a crime or a collision. If you must use your cell phone in an emergency—a situation that could result in a danger to your safety or the safety of others if it is not corrected without delay—consider the following tips:

  • Pull over safely if conditions allow.

  • Keep emergency calls as brief as possible.

  • Alert the caller that you are on the road.

End conversations immediately if driving conditions or situations become hazardous (for example, inclement weather, roadway construction, high-speed or high-volume traffic).

Remember, focus on the task of driving, with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Reduce the distractions that may cause you to overreact or respond too slowly to a situation.

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