Help reduce distracted driving

Distracted driving costs lives. Let’s
work together to curb this deadly habit.

Verizon wants our customers – and everyone else – to stay safe on the road.

Verizon recognizes that the misuse of mobile devices by drivers is a leading cause of distracted driving accidents. The same technology that lets us connect to the world can lead to tragedy when drivers choose to take their eyes off the road in favor of their mobile screens.

It’s not always easy to ignore that incoming text message or to resist the urge to adjust your GPS while driving, but it can mean the difference between life and death.

Verizon is committed to curbing this dangerous habit.

– We offer our wireless customers apps that encourage safer driving and block texting while driving.

– Through the Hum app, we offer drivers a smart Safety Score based on several factors, including phone use while driving. Customers can keep track of changes in their score and compare against friends and family.

– We also employ several best practices when it comes to phones we provide to our employees, including a feature that warns them to put their device down whenever they start driving.

A single accident involving distracted driving is one too many. So we’ll keep making efforts until our roads are safer for everyone.

 

The three main  
distractions

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There are three main types of distractions while driving – visual, manual and cognitive. Activities that combine all three types, such as reading or sending a text, pose the greatest risk. See our infographic for more examples.

Distracted driving by the numbers

Distracted driving costs lives every single day. Here’s the latest data from the CDC.

  • 9
    killed
    every day in crashes involving distracted driving
  • 1,000
    injured
    each day in crashes where distracted driving was a factor
  • 42
    percent
    of high school drivers who report sending a text or email while driving

Here’s what you can do:
Simple tips to help stay focused

 

1. Don’t take your eyes off the road.

  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
  • Pull over to read directions.
  • Put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode.

2. Don’t take your hands off the wheel.

  • Keep your phone out of reach. 
  • Make adjustments before driving.
  • Don't reach for items while driving.

3. Don’t take your mind off of driving.

  • Avoid phone calls, even hands free.
  • Stay focused on the road.
  • Keep your emotions in check.