SPOILER ALERT – Distracted Driving is Really Dangerous.
We took a look around the world and in our own backyard for some great videos reminding us of the dangers of distracted driving. Some are scary, some are hilarious, but all drive home the message that to do anything else but drive when you’re behind the wheel is dangerous for you and everyone else on the road.
It doesn’t have to be long to get to the point. Here’s one of a few quick videos from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, highlighting how easily and quickly distracted driving can impact you and those around you. They have a bunch of great material too.
New Zealand Transport Agency
You can’t say New Zealand’s Transport Agency isn’t creative in how they tell a safety message. While some are very intense and shocking, they went sweet and funny with this video on the importance of holding hands over using your phone.
CBC – Rick Mercer Rant
Sometimes the best message is the one in your face. Rick Mercer’s Rant on distracted driving embraces the fact that technology is amazing but we can’t be trusted, so remove the temptation.
US Department of Transportation
It can be the littlest text that causes the biggest crash. The American Department of Transportation highlight how just even a few characters can be distracting enough to cause an incident.
Hong Kong – Volkswagen Movie Ad
What if you could be in the driver’s seat and see how easy it is to glance away to answer a text message, putting yourself and others in danger? Well this ad shows you can.
Responsible Young Drivers of Belgium
I love how they used a driving test and a “what if” scenario to demonstrate how dangerous it is to text and drive.
Last year, ICBC shared some stats that really hit home:
- You’re five times more likely to crash if you’re on the phone (courtesy of Insurance institute of Highway Safety).
- Drivers who are talking on a cellphone lose about 50% of what is going on around them visually.
- Distracted driving is responsible for one quarter (27%) of all car crash fatalities in BC.
- On average, 81 people die every year in crashes where distracted driving is a contributing factor.
Distracted driving continues to be a major and dangerous problem. Please, let’s focus more on the solution, and safety.