Distracted driving is the number one case of death in collisions

Distracted driving

From the Ontario Provincial Police - Distracted driving is the #1 cause of death in collisions, followed by speed, seat belt and alcohol related deaths.

Types of distracted driving

  • Visual (texting/talking/emailing on phone)
  • Manual (eating/drinking, reaching, dancing, putting on makeup)
  • Cognitive (drugs, alcohol, mental impairment)

Distracted driving facts and stats

  • In 2020, 53% of drivers admitted to phone use while driving, versus 38% in 2018
  • 3 out of 4 Canadians admit to distracted driving
  • Texting while driving = 23 times more likely to crash
  • Talking on your cell (including hands-free) = 4 times more likely to crash

Stay Safe Driving Tips

  • Allow lots of time to get there
  • Program directions into your GPS before starting to drive
  • Secure kids and pets properly
  • Secure loose objects
  • Don't use your cell while driving - turn it off, stow if away or enable the "I'm driving" feature
  • Try to avoid eating or drinking
  • Don't reach for things
  • Have sunglasses handy and night glasses for bright oncoming headlights at night
  • Don't groom (ie makeup, shaving)
  • Don't drive if you are very emotional (ie crying, very angry, etc)
  • Stay focused on the road, other drivers, weather conditions and your surroundings