Tips to Make the Most of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month
When you get behind the wheel, do you really focus on the road? Although most people would say yes, statistics show that distracted driving is a rapidly growing problem in America. In 2011 alone, 387,000 people were injured in car crashes involving distracted driving, and 3,3331 were killed. That’s a staggering number when you consider that, if the driver would have just kept his or her focus on the road, the accident may never have happened.
Driving may come as second nature to you, and you may know your daily route like the back of your hand, but you can’t deny that a vehicle has the power to cause injury and death when handled carelessly. Make the choice to practice safe driving by following a few tips Distraction.gov is promoting for April’s Distracted Driving Awareness month:
- Texting – Texting takes up a lot of mental energy that’s better used to focus on the road. Avoid texting while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, and if you need to send something, wait until you are safely pulled over.
- Talking on your cell phone – Having a conversation with someone on the phone requires attention. Wait to make your phone calls until you pull over.
- Grooming – If you’ve ever driven past someone who was brushing their hair or their teeth while driving, you’ll have probably rolled your eyes at their multi-tasking. It’s safer for everyone on the road to keep your hairbrush at home or use it when safely parked.
- Using GPS – With full screen GPS devices on the dash of newer vehicles and smartphones with maps in every hand, it’s easy to get distracted when trying to find your way. Let the voice controls guide you when driving and avoid looking at the screen.
When it comes to distracted driving, the facts speak for themselves. Make sure that you or your loved ones don’t become a statistic and keep your eyes, and your focus, on the road when you’re behind the wheel.