Distractions

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • 83% of drivers think about something other than their driving when behind the wheel
  • Driver distraction can also be referred to as diverted attention
  • Most crashes occur during the peak morning and evening commuting period
  • It is now illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving
  • Younger drivers aged 15-19 years are more at risk of being distracted – this risk applies in general to the younger drivers age group as they are over–represented in the crash statistics
  • In NZ 67% of driver distraction fatal crashes occurred on open roads (speed limits over 70 km/h)
  • In 2013, diverted attention was a factor in 1028 crashes of which 21 were fatal and 141 were serious injury crashes
  • Factors which can cause a driver to lose concentration –
    • GPS devices
    • Mobile phones
    • Accessing objects in vehicle
    • Rubber-necking
    • Dealing with passengers or pets

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE THE RISK?

  • Focus on the task in hand – driving
  • Be aware of your surroundings and potential hazards
  • Adjust all driver controls (seat, mirrors, radio) before you start driving
  • Have a clean windscreen
  • Take regular breaks
  • Turn off your mobile phone

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