Dangers of Distracted Driving

SKU: C-1082Duration: 7 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 7 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Driver distraction has become a serious problem, and unfortunately, seems to be increasing. Think about the last time you drove or rode in a car. Did you notice other distracted drivers? Or, were you distracted while driving? Even though most people know distracted driving is risky, they still become distracted while they drive. This course will describe why distracted driving is risky and identify strategies to reduce distracted driving.

Learning Objectives

  • Define distracted driving
  • Identify three types of distracted driving
  • Describe why distracted driving is risky
  • Identify strategies to reduce distracted driving

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What are tips for preventing distracted driving?
You can prevent distracted driving by using three tips: keep your eyes on the road, keep your hands on the wheel, and keep your mind attentive to the driving task.

What should you do with your cell phone while driving?
Silence or turn off your phone or to put it in the glove box while you drive.

How can people be distracted while driving?
Drivers can be distracted by things going on inside of the car or outside of the car. Drivers can also be cognitively distracted which could include day dreaming and intense emotions that may be either happy or sad.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Regardless of the type of distraction, the consequences are the same. Distracted driving has been shown to significantly increase crash risk. Common distracted driving crashes include: rear-end, sideswipe, and run-off-road crashes. When you are not fully focused on the driving task, you are more likely to miss warning signs that you may hit another car or run off the road. Let's examine the risk associated with distracted driving by reviewing an example. As you watch this example, look for the in-vehicle distractions. You should have noticed three potential in-vehicle distractions: the radio, the GPS device, and a cell phone. There was also heavy traffic and signs that may distract you from watching the road ahead. All these distractions may delay your ability to quickly detect the warning signs of slowing traffic. Now, let's watch the example again to identify when the first warning signs are noticeable. Here you will see the vehicles ahead start to brake. This is your clue to begin slowing down. If you wait until the vehicle directly in front of you begins to brake, you may not be able to stop in time.
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