Research shows that distracted driving is a serious concern. According to the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, 80% of collisions happen when the driver takes their eyes off the road three seconds before a crash.
Distracted driving is when a driver is focused on something other than driving, adjusting radio or controls, eating, drinking, checking their appearance and being preoccupied with thoughts. However, mobile phones are the main culprits.
New smartphone app helps reduce distracted driving
Using OneTap, a free smartphone app, helps reduce phone-related distractions when you’re behind the wheel, keeping you, your family and other drivers safe.
With just a single tap, OneTap automatically detects when you’re driving, silencing incoming texts, calls* and other alerts. It lets anyone contacting you know that you’re behind the wheel, leaving you free to respond when it’s safe to chat. If something important comes up, you’ll be notified to pull over for an urgent message.
OneTap is available for iPhone and Android devices at http://GetOneTap.com.
Talk to your teens
Teenagers are more susceptible to distracted driving behaviours because of their inexperience and increased use of mobile devices.
- Make sure young drivers understand the dangers of distracted driving.
- Learn how to start the conversation with information from the I Promise Program
For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
SOURCE The Co-operators