When you are operating a motorized vehicle, your attention should remain on the road ahead of you. At Trubicars, we emphasize to our students the importance of driving safely and how the safety of your life and others’ lives is your responsibility when you are driving. Traffic collisions can happen very quickly and when you are not giving your full attention to driving, collisions can happen in the blink of an eye.
In Ontario, collision data from 2013 shows that One person is injured in a Distracted Driving collision every half hour. A driver using their phone while driving is four times more likely to be in a collision than a fully attentive driver.
When people think of distracted driving, people mostly think of electronic device usage. However, distracted driving comes in many forms. Visual, Physical, and Cognitive distractions are all forms of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving involves any activity that takes your focus away from driving. You are considered to be a distracted driver if you do any of the following behind the wheel:
Any activity that you engage in that takes your attention away from the road is considered Distracted Driving.
Many road users think that it is okay to send texts, and emails or scroll through their phones while they are stopped in traffic or at a red light… however… This is Illegal!
Actions such as eating, drinking, grooming, reaching for objects etc, are not part of Ontario’s distracted driving law BUT you still can be charged with careless driving, dangerous driving, or distracted driving.
If you hold an A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and/or M license and are convicted of distracted driving you will face serious penalties.
If you hold a G1 license, G2 license, M1 license, or M2 license and are convicted of distracted driving, you will face similar fines, but instead of gaining demerit points, you’ll face longer license suspensions.
To Avoid Distracted Driving here are a few tips from Trubicars to consider:
It’s important to remember that driving is a privilege NOT a right. At Trubicars we emphasize to our students that driving is a big responsibility, and it is your duty as an operator of a motorized vehicle to ensure that you remain safe and responsible behind the wheel, not just for your sake, but for the sake of others. If you are looking for more information on distracted driving and how to avoid being a distracted driver, check out the Trubicars website!