NOSHA News October 2016
Distracted Driving FAQ’s
1. What is distracted driving?
There are three main types of distraction:
VISUAL—taking your eyes off the road
MANUAL—taking your hands off the wheel
COGNITIVE—taking your mind off what you’re doing.
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in while operating a motor vehicle. Such activities have the potential to distract the person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.
2. Why do people do it?
There are many reasons for distracted driving, including busy lifestyles, stressful jobs, and the presence of children and pets in the car. Many people use technology such as cell phones and other electronic devices as their main means of communication. They forget to put these devices down when they should be paying the closest attention to their driving for the sake of their own safety and that of others.
3. Who are the offenders, and how great a problem is this?
Everyone is guilty to a certain extent. The youngest Americans are most at risk, but they are not alone. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. People of all ages are using a variety of hand-held de vices such as cell phones, mp3 players and navigation devices when they are behind the wheel.
4. Is it safe to use hands-free (headset, speakerphone, or other device) cell phones while driving?
The available research indicates that whether it is a hands-free or handheld device, the cognitive distraction is significant enough to degrade a driver’s performance. The driver is more likely to miss key visual and audio cues needed to avoid a crash.
5. Is talking on a cell phone any worse than having a conversation with someone in the car?
Some research findings show both activities to be equally risky, while others show cell phone use to be more risky. A significant difference between the two is the fact that a passenger can monitor the driving situation along with the driver and pause for, or alert the driver to, potential hazards, whereas a person on the other end of the phone line is unaware of the roadway situation.
For more info, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s distracted driving website: www.distraction.gov
The 2016 NOSHA Safety Conference: Safety Inside & Out was a great success. Thank you to those who attended. We had over 220 attendees, and survey results were largely positive. The survey helps us greatly in determining what attendees want in our event, as well as what we should look at changing.
The survey asked attendees to provide ratings of poor to excellent in regards to our speakers, their presentations, the venue and the conference overall. Here is a breakdown of the results rated 1-4, with 4 being excellent:
1. Presentations (aggregate score) 3.3
2. Presenters (aggregate score) 3.3
3. Food Service: 3.5
4. Restroom accommodations: 3.7
5. Parking: 3.7
6. Seating arrangement: 3.7
7. Conference overall: 3.5