There’s no denying it, September is here and with it the back-to-school hustle-and-bustle. As many Canadians readjust their schedules to accommodate for drop-offs, pick-ups, after-school activities, and an increase in traffic, it can become challenging to put all other thoughts and actions aside and fully focus on the road while behind the wheel.
Distractions can come in various shapes and sizes, from children fighting in the backseat, to eye-catching billboards or zoning out during extensive stop-and-go traffic. It is in these moments, when a vehicle is moving slower or is stopped, such as in traffic jam or at a red light, when a driver might be particularly tempted to multi-task. However, the risk for collision, even at these times, remains quite high. According to Transport Canada, over 40 per cent (2011) of all motor vehicle collisions happen in or around intersections. These findings go hand-in-hand with Allstate Canada’s survey, which shows that almost 40 per cent of Canadian drivers admit to using their cell phones when stopped due to traffic delays. More specifically, while stopped at a red light, 34 per cent of drivers say they check their phone for messages and 18 per cent admit to sending texts.
There is never an excuse for distracted driving. Regardless of the time of year, or how busy things may seem, it is imperative that drivers keep their focus on the road at all times, even while stopped in traffic.
Here are the results of our national distracted driving “red light” survey.