With the holiday season in full swing, Axis wishes to remind our team members and their families to stay focused on the road and practice safe driving habits. A major concern among Americans drivers is the widespread problem of texting and driving, some comparing it to drinking and driving, as texting veers our eyes away from the road for at least five seconds at a time—enough time to cause an accident.
Now more than ever, drivers on the road have so many distractions that make being on the road dangerous—both for the distracted driver and those around them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day in the U.S., approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
Distracted driving not only involves texting, but any activity that takes your attention away from driving and can include playing with apps on your phone, checking your email or social media, eating and drinking, and fidgeting with the stereo or navigation system.
Axis company policy prohibits drivers of company vehicles and those driving for work to use their cell phones while driving, and drivers should also not be manipulating their car radios or other equipment that may cause a distraction.
“The holidays are coming up and we want everyone to be safe,” says Axis President Dirk Lee. “There are so many people on the roads this time of year and weather conditions change all the time, so it’s important to stay focused on driving and nothing else when you have to travel.”
The message of safety is a very important one to the company—safety is one of our core values and it guides us through all our business decisions. It’s the mission of Axis to keep our drivers free from distractions, and you can do so by practicing the following safety tips:
- Leave your phone in your backseat.
- On newer iPhones, a “Do Not Disturb” feature is available that senses when you are driving and sends automatic replies to texts letting them know you’re driving.
- If you need directions to your next location, plug it into your navigation system before you start driving, and if you get lost while on the road, pull over to figure out where you’re going. The most important thing is that you arrive at your destination, even if you’re late.
- Pull over if you need to make a call, send a text or email, or grab a bite to eat.
- Social media can wait; don’t look at it while driving.
No call, text, or email is worth your safety or the safety of the other drivers on the road with you. Axis wishes its employees and their families a safe holiday season, on the road and off.