Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, and it’s an issue that needs to be addressed. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a time to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and encourage them to stay focused while behind the wheel.
One of the biggest culprits of distracted driving is the use of cell phones. Texting, making phone calls, checking social media, or even using navigation apps can all take your eyes off the road and distract you from the task at hand. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers who use their cell phones while driving are four times more likely to be involved in a crash.
The consequences of distracted driving can be devastating. In 2019 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving across the United States. Remember, it only takes one text or call to cause an accident due to distracted driving.
Below are some tips to help you stay focused while driving:
Before driving, put your phone in the glove compartment or somewhere out of reach so you won’t be tempted to use it.
If you need to make a call while driving, use a hands-free device like a Bluetooth headset or the built-in speaker in your car.
If you need to use navigation apps, set your destination before you start driving so you won’t have to touch your phone while on the road.
Eating or drinking while driving can be just as distracting as using your phone, so wait until you’re parked to have a snack or a drink.
Always keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Avoid any activities that could distract you, such as applying makeup or adjusting the radio.
By staying focused on the road and avoiding distractions like your phone, you can help keep yourself and others safe while driving. This Distracted Driving Awareness Month, commit to put down your phone and stay focused while behind the wheel. Your life and the lives of others on the road depend on it.
Marcus & Mack