To finish out the last week in June and National Safety Month, Safe Driving is the topic of the week!
As nursing students, we are always on the go! Whether it's driving to class, the library, work, or clinical, the time we spend behind the wheel quickly adds up. When you factor in the sleep deprivation, accumulating responsibilities, and the time crunch that many nursing students experience, the likelihood of distracted driving is hard to ignore.
As future nurses, we will also come in contact with patients facing the consequences of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) related to distracted driving. It is important be knowledgeable on safe driving behaviors to ensure the safety of yourself and your patients.
Did you know that drowsy driving is estimated to be responsible to nearly 10% of all MVAs (according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)? While not being fully rested may seem harmless, it only takes a split-second of decreased alertness to veer off the road, cross into on-coming traffic, or fail to stop for a pedestrian. Click the link below for the National Safety Council's full article on Drowsy Driving.
Another important aspect of safe driving is refraining from cell phone use. Whether it is texting, talking, or choosing a song, taking your attention off the road can have fatal outcomes. Even new technology in vehicles that allows you to navigate your phone hands-free or from your dash can steel your attention long enough to cause devastating consequences. Watch the video below from AT&Ts It Can Wait Campaign, and take the pledge to drive distraction-free.
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