This Month We Bring Awareness to Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Awareness Month recognizes the epidemic of distracted driving in America. Each year around 3,000 Americans lose their lives to distracted driving. This month, remember to put down the distraction and focus on driving.

The number one distraction while driving is being on a cellphone. This is especially important for teens to know and parents need to lead by example. It’s not worth a possible accident or loss of life due to checking a notification on a cellphone. But cellphones is just one example. Adjusting the radio, GPS, eating, putting makeup on, and simply reaching to the back seat can have unintended consequences.

Consider these tips for safe driving: 

  • If you have to text, pull over to a safe location and park your car — only then should you read or send the text message. 
  • Distracted driving isn’t just texting, scrolling through social media or messaging while driving is distracted driving too. 
  • Appoint your passenger as the “designated texter” to respond to calls or messages. 
  • Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature, silence notifications, or your put phone away in the trunk so you won’t be tempted to respond.
  • Speak up if you see someone texting and driving and ask them to put their phone away.

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