Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a month to shine a light on the dangers of unfocused driving. Distracted driving is any activity that prevents the driver from paying attention to the road.

These activities include:

  • Texting or calling
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking or interacting with passengers
  • Tinkering with the radio, entertainment, or a navigation system
  • Anything that diverts attention from the task of safe driving

Most accidents related to distracted driving are caused by teenagers and young adults (according to the CDC). People in the age group of 15-19 tend to be more likely to get distracted- making us more likely to have an accident. Did you know cell phone usage while driving leads to at least 1.3 million car accidents per year? In 2016 a study was taken in which 50% of teens reported feeling addicted to their phones. That’s not great statistics for safe driving, but that’s what this month is for. To prepare you on the road!

Here are some ways to practice safe driving:

  • Put all electronic devices on do not disturb
  • Make a playlist instead of fiddling with the radio
  • Avoid taking your eyes off of the road to look elsewhere
  • Eat before or after driving
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings, just because you are a good driver does not mean that everyone around you is

In closing, the world isn’t always safe. You can help keep it danger free by driving without distractions. Be the reason everyone makes it home to their families, don’t be the reason someone has to mourn a life. Keep your hands phone free, and your focus on the road.