Distractology Kickoff!

Encharter Insurance and Arbella Insurance are excited for the start of our Distractology program at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School this week!

Distracted Driving is no joke. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, a distracted driver was involved in 21 of 291 fatal car crashes in Massachusetts. Even though the state has a texting-and-driving ban issued in 2010, distracted driving remains a problem. It’s important for drivers, both young and old, to recognize distracted driving as a serious problem that needs to be remedied.

Distracted driving could be a driver who is talking on the phone, texting, or being preoccupied by others in the car. While cell phones are a major point of distraction, people can also be a distraction. When you are driving, all of your attention should be on the single task of driving.

The best way to prevent distracted driving, and the dangers associated with distracted driving, is to remove those distractions. These are some tips to help prevent distracted driving:

  • Turn your phone off while in the car. This helps reduce the urge to check for texts, emails, etc. If you are worried about missing calls, try creating a voicemail to let callers know that you will contact them after you are done driving.
  • Remove the phone from sight. If you are guilty of checking your phone for messages, try putting the phone out of sight and out of reach. The physical removal of the phone will help you resist taking your phone out when you are behind the wheel.
  • Limit the amount of people who are in the car with you. Especially for teens, friends and other passengers can be a huge distraction. By driving with fewer people, there is less risk of distracted driving.
  • Avoid rubbernecking. You could miss the things on the road that are happening right in front of you because you are too busy concentrating on something else. If the car in front suddenly stops, or another car runs through the intersection, it could be extremely dangerous.
  • Download apps that prevent distracted driving. If you can’t manage to do it yourself, have an app prevent you from distracted driving.
  • Do not drink and drive. Drinking heavily impairs decision-making and reaction time. Alcohol and driving do not mix. If you have had even one drink, your body may still feel the consequences of alcohol. If you find yourself drinking, you can call a taxi, have a sober friend drive, or use a ride sharing service.
  • Take a drivers education course. As a teen, it’s a good idea to start by learning safe driving practices.

By creating good and safe driving habits is to establish them as a teen. Encharter and Arbella have teamed up to bring you their Distractology program! We are here to help teach young drivers the dangers of distracted driving through a free simulation program. Today is the kickoff, so get ready! Remember that sessions will be available from 1:30 am to 3:50 pm at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School! Go to room 155 for more details. You can also check out Distractology.com for more information!

Poster: Distractology: Distracted Driving Statistics 2017

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