Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Travel safely during the holidays
The holiday season is here! Many Veterans travel to visit with family and friends over the holidays. VA recognizes December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and wants to share ways you may increase safety.
The Center for Disease Control and prevention shared, “that in 2011, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an additional 421,000 people were injured, which was an increase of nine percent from the previous year.
The Official U.S. Government website for Distracted Driving shared that, “one of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage.”
This is why National Impaired Driving Prevention month is not just about making sure you have a designated driver.
There are three main types of distractions that can be experienced while driving and include: visual, manual and cognitive.
Examples of these three types of distractions are:
· eyes wander off the road
· hands taken off the steering wheel
· thinking about something other than driving
To text on a cell phone one’s eyes leave the road, hands leave the steering wheel and thoughts are focused on what to say or what you are reading rather than driving. That is why using a cell phone while driving is so dangerous.
Remind those you ride with about the risks of distracted driving.
If you need to use a phone pull over and stop in a safe texting area. It only takes a few seconds for something to go wrong. Take a few seconds to be safe for yourself, your family and friends; in addition to those driving to their holiday destinations.
Share VA’s Be Safe: Prevent Motor Vehicle Crashes with those you care about this holiday season.