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Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you.
New technology in vehicles is causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. Fifty-three percent of drivers believe if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. And, with some state laws focusing on handheld bans, many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device. But in fact, these technologies distract our brains even long after you've used them.
Make no mistake: This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.
Reduce crashes and protect your bottom line. Request Leading the Way to Safer Roads to learn about NSC driver safety programs.
While no state has a law prohibiting all cell phone use while driving, employers are putting policies in place banning the use of handheld and hands-free devices. See how the city of Tulsa implemented a total-ban cell phone policy for employees.
Parking lots pose unique hazards for pedestrians and drivers.
Cell phone blocking devices can prevent distracted-driving crashes and save thousands of lives.
Safety personnel are invited to test drive the NSC Distracted Driving Online Course for free. The course will change drivers’ attitudes, help lower liability risks and save lives.
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