Take the pledge today to drive smarter and arrive alive
- Schedule a Presentation
The trauma and injury coordinator at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Taylor, is available to address schools, civic organizations, community groups, churches and businesses in Taylor to help educate and raise awareness about distracted driving.
To schedule a presentation, please email Dee Dee Abbott
For more information on the Just Drive! Campaign, visit tetaf.org.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Taylor is participating in the Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute-Care Foundation's campaign Just Drive! The program was created to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and impact individuals'driving habits.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Research shows that when brains are overloaded by two cognitive tasks, people switch attention – without recognizing it – to make one task "primary" and the other "secondary." Cognitive attention to driving can become secondary to a phone conversation and impairs driving. People really can’t multi-task; they just switch attention and choose what to process.
While cell phones are a major culprit, anything that takes your mind and attention away from your driving is a distraction.
There are three main types of distractions:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road
- Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – taking your mind off what you're doing
In addition to things like eating, adjusting the radio and texting, sources of distraction can include fatigue, physical conditions and emotional upset.
Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded."
Practice Safe Driving
If you strive to lead a healthy life by eating right, exercising and not smoking, why jeopardize your health by driving distracted? Distracted driving endangers not only your safety but also the safety of your passengers and other drivers and pedestrians.
Pledge to drive smarter by:
- Wearing a safety belt – even when traveling a short distance, make sure all passengers are buckled up.
- Driving the speed limit – slow down if weather or road conditions are not ideal
- Not drinking and driving
- Paying attention – put down the phone
- Not driving when tired – being awake for 20 hours has the same effect as being legally drunk.