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How Distracting Are your Children While Driving?

The overall increase in car accidents in the United States has placed a spotlight on the issue of distracted driving. Too often there is a focus on teens or smartphones but there are many other distractions drivers have to deal with — like a parent tending to their child. Parents don’t intentionally put their children in harm’s way but at the same time, they may be willing to tend to their child’s needs in the backseat despite it diverting their attention from the road. However, unlike a text message or an email, the needs of children cannot always be ignored. Parents have a natural urge to help their children which makes it easy to understand how parents are willing to focus their eyes and attention on the back seat instead of the road. One Mother’s Story An Arizona mother told Parents Magazine that she regularly finds herself driving with her…
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Driving While Distracted? It Could Cost You.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper recently declared April “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”. Unfortunately, distracted driving is a major public safety concern in our state causing nearly 25,000 injuries and 152 deaths in 2017. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates over 800,000 vehicles are being operated by someone who is also using a cell phone at any given time. With the average time to read a text message averaging at just under 5 seconds, a car is covering a significant amount of road in this time, ultimately increasing the changes of a car crash. What Is Distracted Driving? According to the NHTSA, distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts one’s attention from driving. These days, most of us tend to imagine drivers with their cell phones, busily texting away or checking their Facebook page. However, distracted driving is caused by a myriad of different reasons and can be…
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Tips for Drivers to Avoid Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel

Falling asleep while driving has become a big issue recently. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, there were over 70,000 accidents, more than 40,000 injuries and approximately 800 deaths that were the result of drowsy driving. With numbers like that, it’s crucial that drivers know how to avoid falling asleep behind the wheel. How Can I Make Sure I Don’t Fall Asleep While Driving? Tuck, a Seattle-based mattress company and advocate for sleep hygiene, recently posted an article on its website regarding drowsy driving. The article covered both the risks of driving while tired as well as ways to avoid falling asleep while driving. Some of the tips in the article for preventing drowsy driving include: Making sure to get enough sleep Taking a friend along if you are going on a long road trip Take frequent breaks at rest stops Chewing gum Drinking coffee…
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