Distracted driving is the true menac e
DISTRACTED dri ving: T he true menac e on South Africa’s r oads.
We might f eel po werless w hen f aced with some of the dangers of South Africa’s roads, but there is something we can all do to protect ourselves: we can mak e sur e we’re not dis tracted while driving. A recent study by market and opinion firm Ipsos O TX1, indicat es that 40% of South Africa’s dri vers t ext while dri ving.
Les McMaster, chairperson of the Motor Industry Workshop Association, said: “There are three types of distractions: visual, which is when drivers take their eyes off the road; manual, a task that requires drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel; and cognitive, when the driver’s mind is not f ocused on the t ask at hand.
“Texting is the riskie st activity because it is a visual, manual and cognitive diversion,” he said.
According to the National Roads and Motorists Association, drivers who regularly send text messages spend up t o 400% mor e time with their eyes on the phone ins tead of on the r oad. “If you’re not focused on the task at hand, there is a greater chance that you’ll be involved in an accident.” McMaster had tips f or safer driving: • Don’t allow passengers to distract you. Ensure small children are buckled up bef ore departing and if they require attention during the trip, rather pull o ver t o as sist them; • Don’t let animals roam around the vehicle freely, r ather put them in a pet carrier; • Create a play list with your favourite music so you don’ t ha ve t o look f or song s; and • Keep a saf e f ollowing dis tance. — Supplied.