13 July, 2018 –
When using a mobile phone while driving your risk of a serious crash multiplies by four. Driving is a task that requires all your attention.
Using a mobile phone while driving – especially texting – is distracting – it means taking your eyes and mind off the road, which can have serious consequences.
Even when your eyes are off the road for just three seconds, a vehicle moving at 60km/h travels more than 50 metres or half a football field! The average person’s time to react to an event is 1.8 seconds. This means nearly five seconds can pass before the average distracted driver can react to a hazard, increasing their risk of a serious crash.
Five tips to avoid distraction:
- Before you get behind the wheel, switch your phone to silent or flight mode and put it somewhere out of sight
- Let everyone know you’re driving ‘phone‐free’ and remove the pressure to be in contact
- Phone home before you leave work and check if you need to pick something up on the way home
- If you’re driving with passengers, designate a ‘texter’ so you can stay focused on the road
- If you really need to make a call, pull over and park safely before picking up your phone
To get the facts about driver distraction visit jointhedrive.qld.gov.au/driver-distraction/factsheet