According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claims the lives of more than 3,500 people each year. Distracted driving is defined as anything that takes a person’s attention away from the road, which includes talking on the phone or in person, changing the radio station, or using the navigation system. According to a recent article by ABC News, driving with children in the backseat of a car is also one of the most common and potential distractions. According to a study, children are twelve times more distracting than talking on a cellular device. The study also found that those with children in the car take their eyes off of the road more than those without children present. Common distractions include:
- Asking for toys or snacks;
- Spilling food or drinks;
- Dropping food, drinks, or toys;
- Throwing food, drinks, toys, or other objects;
- Excessive talking; and
- Loud singing.
While driving with children may be distracting and stressful, it is often unavoidable. There are, however, certain safety tips that may help decrease the chances of being distracted, including:
- Limiting the number of times children are in the vehicle;
- Getting a babysitter to watch children while doing errands;
- Let the child sleep in the car while driving;
- Don't allow eating in the car;
- Don’t allow toys to be used in the car, unless it is connected to the car seat;
- Make sure pacifiers are secured;
- Make sure children are fed and changed prior to driving;
- If available, play a video for children;
- Do not pick up objects that have fallen; and
- Do not use a mobile device while children are in the vehicle.
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