Distracted Driving - Electronic Devices

Date: May 30, 2023

Andrew Ovadya, Sr. Risk Control Manager

Are You Focused on the Road?

Distracted driving from electronics refers to the use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle, such as texting, browsing the internet, or adjusting music playlists. It is a dangerous behavior that can lead to incidents, injuries, and even fatalities. The National Safety Council reports that 96% of people think texting while driving is dangerous, yet 44% still do. It is important to prioritize safety while driving and avoid any distractions that may cause harm to yourself or others on the road.

Safety Recommendations

When drivers are attentive and alert, they are better able to anticipate and respond to potential hazards. To avoid distractions from electronics, use these recommendations.

  • Only engage in secondary tasks such as listening to audio entertainment or talking to passengers.
  • If you are traveling with another passenger, ask them to handle your phone and other distractions while you focus on driving.
  • Drivers should not use hands-free or handheld cell phones, voice command systems, or interactive, in-vehicle technology such as dashboard touchscreens while driving. While certain features may be hands-free, they are not risk-free.
  • Consider using your phone's "do not disturb" feature. This mode mutes all notifications – calls, texts, and other alerts.
  • Only send or answer texts, emails, and phone calls while the vehicle is safely parked. Stay off your phone even when stopped in traffic, at a stop sign, or red light.
  • Drivers who find themselves frequently reaching for their phone should consider placing it where they can't see or touch it – out of sight, out of mind.

  • Avoid having stressful or emotional calls while driving, it will distract your attention from the road.

Cell phones are the most dangerous thing on the road. Do your part to stay focused on the road to ensure the safety of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. For more safety tips, contact your BITCO Risk Control Consultant. Click the button below to find an agent near you.

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