Resolve to reduce the number of distracted driving incidents on the road in 2024.
As we look forward to a new year, it’s essential to take a moment to reflect and set resolutions that can make a significant impact on our lives and the lives of others. If you’re a teacher, community educator, or law enforcement officer, you can resolve to make an impact in others’ lives in 2024 through distracted driving education and prevention.
In this post, we’ll cover New Year’s resolutions both you and your students or program participants can make in 2024 and how you can incorporate them into your distracted driving education programs.
Make distracted driving education engaging
One of the most effective ways to deliver the message of distracted driving dangers is by providing hands-on, engaging experiences. Fatal Vision products, including the Drowsy & Distracted Driving Goggles, DIES® Distracted Driving Activity Mat, and Distract-A-Match, allow participants to experience the impact distraction can have on their abilities and reflexes in a safe and controlled environment.
By incorporating these products into your distracted driving education program, you aren’t just promoting awareness and demonstrating the potential consequences of unsafe driving practices — you’re increasing the likelihood that students will participate in and retain the lessons you’re teaching.
Advocate outside of the classroom
Your distracted driving education lessons don’t have to end because your class does. By placing posters and banners like the “How Focused Are You?” materials from Innocorp around your school, community center, or other places in town, you can remind everyone about the importance of staying focused while driving.
Commit to staying focused while driving
Both you and the participants in your distracted driving education program can make personal resolutions to reduce distractions while driving and do everything possible to stay focused on the road.
You can also encourage your students to plan out ways to avoid becoming distracted while driving with a research-based program like Plan My Ride, which empowers them with the skills to avoid distracted driving and real-life strategies, including:
- Add GPS routes before starting to drive: Encourage students to set their preferred entertainment and directions before embarking on their journey to minimize distractions.
- Turn off phone notifications: It’s crucial to emphasize the importance of silencing mobile phones or using a “Do Not Disturb” feature while driving to avoid temptation.
- Create a designated space for electronics: Encourage drivers to store devices out of reach while driving to prevent distractions and focus solely on the road.
By incorporating these suggested resolutions and resources into your distracted driving education programs, you can make a significant impact on raising awareness and promoting safe driving habits. Together, we can welcome the new year with a heightened commitment to promoting healthy driving practices within our communities.
For more information about distracted driving and how you can educate about its consequences, check out these Fatal Vision blog posts.
To learn how Fatal Vision distracted driving education products can fit into your program, reach out to our team today!