Government of New Brunswick

The risks of distracted driving

Distracted driving is dangerous and has become a serious threat to public health and safety. Countless accidents are reported daily as a result of distracted driving. 

“Drivers talking on cellphones are in many cases just as impaired as drunk drivers”.

Remember, it only takes a second.


Tips for reducing distractions 

  • Leave prepared. Read maps, program your GPS, and adjust your seat, climate controls and other devices before you leave.
  • Focus on the road. Studies show that drivers who talk on a cellphone lose about 50 per cent of what is going on around them, visually, and are four times more likely to get into a crash.
  • Ask your passenger(s) for help. If you are travelling with someone else and your cellphone rings, ask them to take the call for you. They can also help by adjusting controls on devices.
  • Pull over in a safe place if you must care for children, make a call or have something to eat or drink.
  • Let it go to voice mail. Better yet, turn the cellphone off to avoid the temptation to pick it up. Let voice mail do its job and call back later when it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid intense, complicated or emotional conversations when driving.
  • If you feel sleepy, find a safe place to pull over and rest. 

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