Watch the Road: These Reminders Could Save Your Life

By Danielle Alley, Public Information and Social Media Coordinator

Chances are you spend a lot of time driving, but how often do you think about the choices you make when driving and how they affect others on the road? Small actions you take while driving may put others at risk. These include using a cell phone, adjusting the radio or navigation, eating and drinking, and talking to people in your vehicle – anything that takes your attention from driving.

Traveling at 55 mph, it only takes four seconds to travel the length of a football field. That’s the amount of time it takes to send a text. By driving distracted, you’re robbing yourself of seconds that you may need to avoid a close call or deadly crash.

Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic. From 2017-2021 there were 64,108 crashes in Ohio that involved one or more drivers who were distracted by something in their vehicle. Of these, 206 were fatal.

Here are some ways you can stay focused on the road to help you and those around you get home safely:

  • Set navigation systems before your trip.
  • Put down cell phones. Use smart phone features that silence your notifications or send auto messages.
  • Eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving.
  • Finish getting ready at home.
  • Store items properly to avoid items moving around in the vehicle.
  • Take frequent breaks to prevent fatigue.

Want more information on distracted driving? We offer several resources on distracted driving:

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