Crashes as a result of driver distraction can lead to serious life threatening injuries, as well as deaths. This can include hospitalisation, rehabilitation and in some cases a life time of care.
Take time to identify potential distractions and take action to minimise the risks.
There are 3 main types of distractions:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road.
- Manual – taking your hands off the wheel or feet off the pedals.
- Cognitive – taking your mind off driving.
Using a Mobile/smartphone whilst driving is one of the highest causes (inside the vehicle) of driver distraction crashes.
The video highlights the fact that using a mobile phone in the car can lead to serious injuries. We thank the staff at ABI rehabilitation for their assistance in making this campaign video www.abi-rehab.co.nz
Auckland regional all attention/distracted crash statistics 2011 - 2015 (NZ Transport Agency statistics)
In the Auckland region between 2011-15 there were 150 serious injuries to drivers who had their attention diverted, as well as 24 deaths.
Using your mobile phone while driving impairs your driving performance in several ways:
- Slower reaction time especially when braking.
- Impaired ability to stay in the correct lane.
- Shorter following distances.
Don’t be tempted to use a hand held mobile phone in the car. In addition to the risks to yourself and others, it is against the law and you risk and $80 penalty fine and 20 demerit points.
Using a mobile phone while driving makes drivers take their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel and their minds off the road.
- The phone stops in the car,
- Or it stops your life.