To combat the problem of distracted driving in Texas, and elsewhere, many jurisdictions have tried to crack down via law enforcement, but that’s not all there is to it. New data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that a multifaceted approach may be a more effective way to curb distracted driving.
A renewed focus on interpersonal relationships
As part of this more holistic way of tackling distracted driving, there has been a renewed focus on the interpersonal relationships that drive these changes. Experts have also shifted their attention to unreasonably high workplace expectations and misguided priorities that lead people to make hazardous decisions while they operate motor vehicles. The data indicates that there is too much pressure on drivers to stay plugged in all the time, and they consequently aren’t able to give their full attention to the road.
The recent study indicates that it’s essential to find ways to inspire drivers to make the change for themselves instead of simply trying to force them into safer behavior behind the wheel. It may be helpful to look for the things and people that make them want to do it. Oftentimes, it comes down to friends and family. When it comes to distractions in traffic, the people you care about the most can drive you to take care of yourself and others.
Let people know what they’re risking
Researchers have found a surprising number of drivers who are unaware of the risk they take when they check their phones while on the road. Part of the solution is to make sure people are aware of what’s at stake and how serious the consequences of such a simple action may be. Law enforcement and other groups can also help drivers find solutions that help them keep their phones out of their hands and their eyes on where they’re going to prevent motor vehicle accidents.
There’s not just one smoking gun that leads to the problem of distracted driving. It takes a dynamic approach to fight back against this widespread problem. As it turns out, strong laws, and the enforcement of those laws, are just one piece of the puzzle. This is according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest study.