WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off your primary task of driving safely. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player
Text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. It is, by far, the most alarming distraction.
The best way to help fight distracted driving is to get educated. We, at Hickory Falls, are taking a stance to educate our customers and the community about the dangers that distracted driving poses. Upon visiting the facility, our customers have the opportunity to view an informational video in the go-kart waiting area focusing on distracted driving and its negative effects on individuals today. Hickory Falls has, also, partnered with the Penn Township Fire Department and Police Department and has begun a program with local school districts to educate young adults on the dangers of distracted driving. By doing so, the students have the opportunity to drive the Hickory Falls Distracted Driving go-kart through a road course with and without impairments utilizing “drunk goggles”. Each cone throughout the road course represents another person, car or structure and provides them with a “hands on” approach of their personal driving skills while texting or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.