April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a united nationwide effort to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and eliminate preventable deaths and injuries on our roadways. According to the latest statistics released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 36,096 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2019, this represents a 2.0-percent decrease from 36,835 fatalities in 2018 or 739 fewer fatalities. The estimated number of people injured on our roadways increased in 2019 to 2.74 million, rising from 2.71 million in 2018.

Below are four types of distractions while driving. 

  1. Visual – Looking at something other than the road. 
  2. Auditory – Hearing something not related to driving. 
  3. Manual – Manipulating something other than the steering wheel. 
  4. Cognitive – Thinking about something other than driving. 

And, most importantly, Don’t Text and Drive!