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Safety: Every Day, All the Time, No Excuses

Hi folks. The Chamberlin Man here.

I would like to share some handy info with you from the National Safety Council: Steer clear of driving while distracted.

It’s so simple. You’ve probably heard it 10 times over. But have you stopped long enough to take it to heart?

Of all the distractions drivers deal with, cell phones top the list. Phone conversations and driving both require a great deal of thought. Fact of the matter is, your brain can’t do two things well at once. Let me ask you, can you read a book and have a conversation? Heavens, no.

Switching between two tasks slows reaction time. For a driver that means delayed braking and missed traffic signals. And if you’re thinking Bluetooth is the solution, I implore you to think again!

Truth is, multi-tasking technology is only causing us to become more distracted than ever. Hands-free is about convenience, not safety. Even when talking hands-free, drivers can miss up to 50% of their environment, including pedestrians and red lights. The statistics speak for themselves, the most emphatic of which may just be that eight people die every day and more than 1,100 are injured daily in the U.S. due to distracted driving.

No text, call, email or tweet is worth a life. Think about it. It can wait.

Until next time, I'll be seeing you around.