The security landscape has many aspects. Most occur in an establishment, but the conduct is different. It is also an area which has the propensity to endanger many lives. To avoid distracted driving, people need to understand the behavior behind it in order to change. Expert Carly Baez, Safety Manager II at Kitchell, who has joined the Safety Justice League hosts, offers information on the subject.
Baez has carved out a career in security from non-traditional angles, working in the workers’ workspace as well as working with associations, speaking and training. She has led webinars on Driving Behavior Change and is a member of the annual Arizona Distracted Driving Summit.
One thing she has learned in her career is: “It’s about changing the culture and the way people think about security. “
When it comes to distracted driving, the laws are great, but they don’t deal with behavior. “Hands free is not enough. Distraction is distraction. With everything that is going on, is it really safer? Baez said.
Baez noted that it would be great if all she had to say was not to text and drive. ” It does not work like that. We all know we shouldn’t, but we have to understand the behavior to correct it.
The behavior is often rooted in past experience. Baez shared what many people see before they even become a driver. People drink coffee, eat while driving, and wear makeup. “We see all of this, but nothing bad is happening, so we accept it as typical behavior.”
Baez countered that making a plan for driving in the car is as essential as planning anything else. One exercise she recommended was not answering a phone for 30 minutes. “Anxiety can increase when you don’t respond. It’s reprogramming. In those 30 minutes, what did you really miss? Probably not much, so why can’t you silence the phone while driving? “