National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distrated Driving Awareness Month Did you know that drivers are four times as likely to cause a crash when they’re using a cell phone? April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and groups like FocusDriven would like to draw attention to the dangers of distracted driving and the risk involved in using your cell phone while driving.

Out of all the distractions that can endanger you while driving, texting is by far the most dangerous. That’s because texting requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention, and you can’t be mentally aware of how you’re driving when you’re distracted in that way. Yet statistics show that approximately 660,000 people still text while driving, and that number hasn’t decreased since 2010.

The statistics on teen texting are especially troublesome; with 21% of teens in the 15 to 19 year old age bracket who were involved in fatal vehicle crashes were found to be distracted by their cell phone while driving. This April, you can participate in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and protect yourself and others on the roadways by putting your phone away during your drive and encouraging others to do the same.