Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on our roads. While drivers texting behind the wheel tops what seems like an endless list of distractions, other risky actions include talking – whether it be on the phone or to others in the car, setting your navigation, adjusting what you’re listening to, drinking coffee, applying makeup, and more. By driving distracted, you’re robbing yourself of seconds that you may need to avoid a close call or deadly crash. 

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. 

In 2020, distracted driving killed 3,142 people. Young drivers seem more prone to using their phones while driving. According to NHTSA research from 2017, drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers have since 2007. But make no mistake: It isn’t just young people who are driving distracted, since drivers in other age groups don’t lag far behind. April, which is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, is a good time to regroup and take responsibility for the choices we make when we’re on the road. Follow these safety tips for a safe ride every time: 

Tips to avoid distracted driving

  • Need to send a text? Pull over and park your car in a safe location. Only then is it safe to send or read a text.  
  • Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages. 
  • Do not scroll through apps, including social media, while driving. Cell phone use can be habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of the vehicle until you arrive at your destination.  

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

Distracted Driving Pledge