Hidden Distractions Behind the Wheel

Hidden Distractions Behind the Wheel

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
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Lindsay Kensy

You may think using voice-based technology to dial a friend, change music or send a text message while driving is safe. However, even those hands-free interactions can distract you for as long as 27 seconds after they end, according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research. 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and AAA Western and Central New York wants to educate the public on the dangers of driving distracted.

“There are hidden dangers when using either a cellphone or in-vehicle technology,” said Elizabeth Carey, director of public relations at AAA Western and Central New York. “Mental distractions last longer than you think and can cause a crash.”

Any activity that takes your eyes or attention off-the-road and hands off-the-wheel can present a risk. That includes changing the radio station, programming navigation or even enjoying a sandwich. To avoid distraction, AAA recommends:


  • Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated. The consequences could be the same: Put aside electronic distractions and never use text messaging, email, video games or internet functions, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.
  • Know where you’re going: Pre-program your GPS and adjust seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before driving.
  • Secure items: Properly secure children and pets, and store loose possessions and other items that could roll around in the car.
  • Snack smart: Avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.

    To learn more about the AAA Foundation’s research on how vehicle manufacturers’ in-vehicle technology can create dangerous distractions for drivers behind the wheel, visit AAA.com/Distraction


Submitted by Rita (not verified) on Wed, 04/10/2019 - 00:08


Thank you for sending this. I can't tell you the numerous times I see cars drifting due to the driver multi tasking instead of driving

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