Distracted Driving Awareness

Distracted Driving Awareness

by Posted on: April 13, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

April is known as the National Distracted Driving Awareness month. Driving a motor vehicle has become increasingly dangerous due to the influx in technological devices, causing distraction and destruction. According to the NHTSA, ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the accident. This age group is the most common group affected, however, all drivers are vulnerable to distraction and should take action in protecting themselves and others in the car.

The following is a list of common distractions:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

This month, try to cautiously avoid distracted driving. This will not only make the road a safer place for you but also for those in the car with you and other drivers. If you are the passenger in the car, be sure to speak up when the driver needs to be reminded to keep their eyes on the road. When teaching a child how to drive, be sure to implement strict instructions on cell phone usage, radio usage, or other distractions that may come about while driving. These are all effective ways for you to become a part of the fight to stop distracted driving, make the road a safer place for all.



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