Don’t Text and Drive

Trail Rider - - TRIP TIPS -

As you trailer your horse, keep your eyes on the road and your thoughts on your horse’s safety. If you need to text or make a call, pull over safely, well out of traf­fic. Tex­ting while driv­ing can make for an un­safe, un­com­fort­able ride for your horse, and even puts you at risk for a cat­a­strophic ac­ci­dent.

While it may seem as though you only glance down at your phone when you text, you miss more than you think. The av­er­age time a driver’s eyes are off the road while tex­ting is five sec­onds, ac­cord­ing to Distraction.gov, the United States gov­ern­ment’s web­site for dis­tracted driv­ing. Trav­el­ing at 55 miles per hour, that’s the amount of time it takes to pass by a foot­ball field.

When you keep your eyes on the road, you’ll also see po­ten­tial ob­sta­cles and slow down be­fore you need to hit the brakes. This makes for a smoother, safer ride for your horse. You’ll have more time to avoid a po­ten­tially fa­tal ac­ci­dent.

Stash your phone while trai­ler­ing your horse; dis­tracted driv­ing can lead to a cat­a­strophic ac­ci­dent.

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