are many factors which can distract a driver
on the road. Identifying distractions and not
allowing them to adversely affect the driving
task are vital to accident prevention.
Driver Distractions - (Inside the Vehicle) Automobiles are often equipped with cellular phones, compact disc players, fax machines,
etc., which distract the driver from the road. The driver must be made more aware of distractions affecting their ability to drive. Reaching
for a ringing phone or searching for a radio station increases the potential for an accident.
article in the Los Angeles Times (February 13,
1997) cites a report by Canadian scientists
which claims that talking on a cellular phone
while driving quadruples the risk of having
an accident, making it as dangerous as driving
while drunk. The safest option is to avoid
using your cellular phone while operating a
motor vehicle. However, if you still choose
to use your phone, please follow the safety
1. Install and use the hands-free or speakerphone
option to allow you to keep your hands on
the steering wheel and your eyes on the road.
2. Keep the phone close to you so you won't
have to reach or look for it while driving.
3. Dial only when at a stoplight or sign,
or pull off the road to dial.
4. Never use your phone in distracting traffic
situations or in stop and go traffic. Pull
over and use the phone while off the road.
5. Disconnect your cellular phone while using
jumper cables as the power surge could burn
out your phone battery.
6. If you have a phone in your car, use it
to report emergencies on the road by dialing
911. Always be ready to provide the closest
major cross streets or off-ramps in the area.
NOTE: Cellular phone users in the United
States make nearly 50,000 calls each day to
report highway and neighborhood emergencies.
situation that can mentally or emotionally distract
the driver and take precedence over traffic
matters is dangerous. Distractions must be kept
to a minimum with the driver focused at all