AAA launches ‘Heads Up Driving Week’ this week

This week is Heads Up Driving Week and AAA Northern California is encouraging motorists to keep their eyes on the road by locking their cell phone in their trunk, not doodling with the radio and skipping drive-thru fast food restaurants. “It only takes an instant for a crash to occur,” said Matt Skryja, AAA spokesman. “In fact, a study by AAA found that the odds of being involved in a crash, or a near crash, double when drivers look away from the road in front of them for two seconds or longer. We hope that by driving distraction-free for a week, which allows people to have their heads up and focused on the road, drivers will end up picking up the habit for life.” A new AAA study discovered that 52 percent of today's drivers say they feel less safe on the roads now than they did five years ago. The main reason for that uneasiness behind the wheel is distracted driving. In the study, 88-percent of motorists said drivers who text and email are very serious threats to their safety. To minimize your distractions while driving, AAA recommends:
  • Turn off your cell phone before you start your engine so you won't be tempted to use it while on the road. If you wish to text, talk or email, pull over to a safe place.
  • Get your kids and pets buckled in and situated before you pull away from the curb. If you must tend to their needs while on the road, find a safe place to park before doing so.
  • Eat before you hit the road or stop for a meal break. Also, get dressed, brush your hair, shave, apply make-up and tie your tie before you head out or after you reach your destination.
  • Adjust your seat, mirrors, cabin climate, sound system and other devices before you drive, or while your vehicle is stopped. Make sure to store loose gear in the trunk and clean your headlights so you can see and be seen.
  • If you are traveling with passengers, enlist their help in handling activities you may find distracting.
Heads Up Driving Week runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2.
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