April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the roads today.
Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,477 lives in 2015 alone.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is – any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
– National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Fundamentally, distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
What you can do to prevent distracted driving:
- Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
- Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in the car is distracted.
- Encourage friends and family to drive phone-free.