Distracted Driving: Cell-Phone Facts1

 

In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in the United States due to distracted driving.

 

Of those, 995 were reported to have involved the use of a cell phone as a factor.

 

Injuries: 24,000 were injured in accidents in which cell phone use was reported as a factor.

 

The 30- to 39-year-old age group has the highest percentage of cell phone use in fatal crashes.

 

Cell-phone use – whether hand-held or hands-free – delays a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood-alcohol concentration above the legal limit.

 

1 Sources: nsc.org, nhtsa.gov, distraction.gov, reuters.com.

 

 


 

On the Road with Heavy-Duty Trucks

 

Here are some tips for sharing the road with trucks:

 

  • Don’t cut off other vehicles – trucks and buses take longer to stop compared to cars.
  • Buckle up – again, trucks and buses take longer to stop, and you’re safer buckled in during a rear-end collision.
  • Stay out of a truck’s blind spots – if you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
  • Stay alert – avoid distracted driving.
  • Avoid frequent lane changes and aggressive driving.
  • Watch truck signals, and stay out of their turn areas – trucks have to swing wide to turn.

 

 

Nine Winter Driving Tips

 

  1. Check and maintain proper tire pressure
  2. Test coolant to ensure cold-weather protection
  3. Check brake lights and other bulbs
  4. Be prepared with an emergency kit in the vehicle
  5. Drive defensively – keep your eyes on the road ahead
  6. Install winter wiper blades
  7. Increase your following distance to compensate for compromised traction
  8. Brake and accelerate more slowly and always watch for ice
  9. Remember that bridge decks freeze first due to the difference in exposure to air

 

Source: Subaru Roadside Assistance

 

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