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April is National Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Apr 11, 2019 | Health and Safety | 0 comments

In 2016, 3,450 lives were claimed from distracted driving. In 2015, there were 391,000 accidents caused because of those distracted in their
vehicles. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes your focus off the road. These can include texting, changing the radio station, talking, eating, and drinking. Distracted driving has steadily increased with the advent of new technology that seems like a safe alternative to holding your device. In fact, a whopping 53% of drivers believe since manufacturers include “infotainment” dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. In reality, these types of technology distract our brains even long after we’ve used them. Cell phones still remain the highest distraction as many drivers use them for long stretches of time in a day. When you read or respond to a text message, you’re taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds at a time.
 
Everyone has seen distracted drivers with their cell phones, but when you’re the one distracted, you don’t always realize that driver is you. Help spread the word about distracted driving this month by implementing safe driving techniques:
  • Turn your phone off in your car or silence notifications while driving.
  • When using GPS, make sure the device is securely fastened to the window, or air vent.
  • Keep music at a tolerable volume.

These small actions could help save a life