Preventing Distracted Driving | Island Insurance

Preventing Distracted Driving

A new analysis shows Hawaii has the second highest rate of fatal crashes involving distracted drivers in the nation with 29% (the national rate is 8%). Although most distractions are avoidable, some distractions are either impossible to completely prevent or will require a change in your normal driving behavior… But doing so could save a life.

  1. Stow your phone. Turning off your phone or putting it in “do not disturb” mode can help remove the temptation to browse online at a red light or respond right away to a text message.
  2. Vow not to multi-task. Anything that occupies your mind or vision can be a distraction behind the wheel. Make time to eat meals and do your personal grooming (like putting on makeup) before you get in your car, so you can concentrate fully on driving.
  3. Make adjustments before you get underway. Address vehicle systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before hitting the road. Decide on your route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.
  4. Keep kids and pets safe. Make sure kids are in proper car seats and pets stay secured in their zone in the backseat of your vehicle.
  5. Mind your passengers. If passengers are present, enlist their help with navigation or managing directions so the driver can focus. If you have a teen or new driver, consider restricting the number of passengers until they gain experience behind the wheel.
  6. Resist reaching. Store loose gear, possessions and other items that could roll around in the car, so you don’t try to reach for them on the floor or seat as you drive.
  7. Don’t be a distraction. Avoid calling or texting family members and friends when you know they are driving to avoid distracting them.
  8. Set a good example. Parents can model good behavior for their children by demonstrating attentive driving. Avoid texting, eating, grooming or calling someone while behind the wheel.

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Analysis: Hawaii ranks 2nd in the nation for fatal crashes involving distracted driving (
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