The most important thing to think about when driving is avoiding distractions and focusing on the road. It’s against the law to use a hand-operated electronic device behind the wheel for any reason. Getting distracted, even for just a few seconds, can result in a fatal crash.
Anything diverting your attention from the road is distracted driving. Even the slightest deflection even if just for a second can be fatal. The biggest culprit here is your cell phone or any other hand held device and thus it is against the law to use them for calling or texting etc while driving or even if you are at halt at the lights.
British Columbia has the highest number of crashes and fatalities caused by distracted driving in Canada, according to Hellosafe.ca. Distracted driving is particularly problematic in BC, as it is associated with 35.2% of crashes. Alberta has a significantly lower percentage of distracted driving-related crashes (25.2%).
A survey conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association revealed that 47% of Canadians have typed out or used the voice-memo feature to send a message while driving.
Distractions can happen inside and outside your vehicle. Texting while driving, for example, is extremely dangerous because it takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the job of driving.
Video footage can be used to determine the cause of an accident or impact. In addition, fleet monitoring dash cams allow you to monitor drivers, train them, and integrate with your telematics system to achieve efficiencies and improve road safety.
FleetHunt’s Dash Cam allows companies to locate their drivers immediately, view footage, and communicate with them.
In conclusion, while most Canadians do understand that one of the high-risk forms of distracted driving (i.e., texting while driving) is dangerous, there is a small percentage who are unaware of, or resistant to, this fact.
Practical Applications: Enforcement activities and education initiatives to battle distracted driving ought to be tailored to the target audience .