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New Years Resolution – Take a Phone Break

This New Years we are making a firm Resolution to Take A Phone Break. Distracted Driving causes more accidents every year, so we are putting down the phone once and for all.

Adopt A Highway is asking you to Take a phone break

Every day at every turn, you see people staring at their smartphones in public while eating, walking and driving. Are they receiving urgent emails or texts? Most likely not. They (like us) are checking headlines, watching a show or sports, catching up on social media or playing the latest game. Smartphones are integrated in our lives and are a valuable tool, but for most of us it has become a habit to check phones almost constantly. So, we are suggesting a New Year’s Resolution of taking a break from your smartphone every day (and ALWAYS while driving).

Adopt A Highway is taking the 15 minute challenge, are you?

We are NOT crazy, just suggesting a 15-minute period one to two times per day that the phone is off-limits. See what happens – maybe more face-to-face interaction or being more present.

We at Adopt A Highway Litter Removal Service are up for the challenge, are you?

 

 

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Distracted Driving Month

Stop Distracted DrivingApril is Distracted Driving Month

Thousands have died in car crashes involving cell phone use. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic.

A seven-year study conducted by the AAA Foundation revealed distracted driving among teens can be both dangerous and deadly. And when it comes to adults behind the wheel, accidents caused by distracted driving is a growing trend because teens aren’t the only ones to blame for using their cell phones while driving.

6 out of 10 accidents involve some kind of distraction” reports AAA Foundation.

Keep in mind that distracted driving is not limited to talking and texting on cell phones, though that is the largest culprit. Anything that distracts a driver from the road – eating, grooming, talking to passengers, navigation systems, changing the radio station – can be considered dangerous and distracting. Driving is a skill; it takes a person’s visual, manual and cognitive attention. Anything that takes a driver’s eyes, hands or mind away from the task of driving can slow reaction time, cause drivers to fail to identify hazards in the roadway or cause a driver to miss a stop sign or signal.

We all agree that distracted driving is dangerous, it is a no brainer. However, there is a very real disconnect between this knowledge and driver’s actual behavior. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2014 Traffic Safety Culture Index found more than 25% of drivers admitted to typing or sending a text or email, even though almost 80% agreed that doing so is a very serious threat to safety, and 84% affirmed it is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.

Some tips to break this hazardous habit and potentially save lives:

  1. Use an app that let’s people know you are behind the wheel
  2. Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting the car
  3. Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver starts to text – offer to make the call or send a text for them
  4. Pull off the road and park the car if you MUST make a call or text
  5. Talk to your kids about distracted driving, show them video and create consequences if they text and drive
  6. Take NSC’s new demo Distracted Driving Online Course to learn more.

Please keep your attention on the road & help put an end to distracted driving today!

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School’s Out for Summer

schools-out-300x199 (1)Schools are getting out in the next week or so. Let the summer fun begin!

However, with summer comes some new safety concerns for drivers and pedestrians. During the longer, lazier days, everybody needs to have a higher level of awareness due to increase in traffic in and around roads. Drivers should also expect bicyclists along roadsides as more and more people are taking advantage of this mode of transportation to commute to work, accomplish daily activities or enjoy a little exercise.

Some driving safety tips for the summer:

•    slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods
•    take extra time at intersections, on medians and on curbs
•    enter and exit driveways/alleys slowly
•    watch for children on and near the roads
•    never leave a child alone in a vehicle for any amount of time
•    remember that children  move in unpredictable ways – be alert
•    put down the phone so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings

The most important safety tip to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities is simply to pay attention. Whether it is children at play, joggers, bicyclists, or neighbors visiting across the street, drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and alert to presence of those outside.

Just another safety reminder from Adopt-A-Highway! Enjoy Summer 2015!

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Distracted Driving Could Cost You

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Based on reports by the NHTSA, over 3,100 people were killed and more than 420,000 were injured in distracted driving related crashes in 2013. We all know that number just keeps getting higher as more and more distractions are available to drivers.

Keep in mind that distracted driving is not limited to talking and texting on cell phones, though that is the largest culprit. Anything that distracts a driver from the road – eating, grooming, talking to passengers, navigation systems, changing the radio station – can be considered dangerous and distracting. Driving is a skill; it takes a person’s visual, manual and cognitive attention. Anything that takes a driver’s eyes, hands or mind away from the task of driving can slow reaction time, cause drivers to fail to identify hazards in the roadway or cause a driver to miss a stop sign or signal. The most disturbing thing is that largest group of people texting while driving are young, inexperienced drivers.

We all agree that distracted driving is dangerous, it is a no brainer. However, there is a very real disconnect between this knowledge and driver’s actual behavior. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2014 Traffic Safety Culture Index found more than a 25% of drivers admitted to typing or sending a text or email, even though almost 80% agreed that doing so is a very serious threat to safety, and 84% affirmed it is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.

Some tips to break this hazardous habit and potentially save lives:

  1. Use an app that let’s people know you are behind the wheel – AT&T, Verizon & Sprint all have versions
  2. Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting the car
  3. Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver starts to text – offer to make the call or send a text for them
  4. Pull off the road and park the car if you MUST make a call or text
  5. Talk to your kids about distracted driving, show them video and create consequences if they text and drive

Be safe out there!

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Stop Distracted Driving Today

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roads.

In 2012, over 3,000 people werhome_fact_2e killed in distracted driving crashes and more than 100,000 accident per year are caused by texting. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the task of driving. With increased technology, has come increased distraction on the roads. Common forms of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a phone
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming/Make-up
  • Using a navigation system
  • Adjusting radio, MP3

Texting is by far the most dangerous form of distracted driving because text messaging involves visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. It is estimated that five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. If traveling at 55 mph, that is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded.

Distracted driving kills – to take action go to Distraction.gov and take the pledge to:

Protect lives by never texting while driving

Be a good passenger and speak up if a driver is distracted while driving

Encourage friends and family to drive phone-free

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