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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Apr 11, 2017 3:04:25 PM

national distracted driving month.jpgApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Learn what distracted driving is and why hands-free cell phone use isn't as safe as you may think it is. 



There’s no way to sugar coat it: distracted driving is dangerous. In fact, it has “joined alcohol and speeding as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes.”

And, one of the biggest culprits of distracted driving is…you guessed it: cell phone use while behind the wheel. And, contrary to popular belief, that’s not limited to just texting. According to the National Safety Council, although texting while driving is a major driving distraction, “drivers talking on cell phones are involved in more crashes.” And, that includes hands-free cell phone use.

But, isn’t hands-free cell phone use supposed to be safe?

Nope, the National Safety Council asserts that hands-free cell phone devices, like Bluetooth earpieces and dashboard systems, provide a “false sense of security.”

At the end of the day, talking on the phone while driving (even hands-free) is still distracting and can “impair your driving ability” because “the brain remains distracted by the conversation.” 

The National Safety Council created a good infographic about the dangers of Hands-free cell phone use while driving. Click here to download.

So, what can you do?

Take the Focused Driver Challenge.
The National Safety Council has some great tips for those wanting to pledge to be a more attentive driver. You can check them out here.

Spread the word.
Be an advocate for Distracted Driving Awareness Month by spreading the word. Talk to your friends, loved ones, coworkers, or anyone who will listen, about the dangers of behind the wheel cell phone use.

Attend the National Safety Council's webinar.
The National Safety Council is holding a free webinar on April 19, 2017, that will not only advise drivers how to eliminate distractions in their own cars, but it will also cover how to influence other drivers to be more attentive as well as how to safely respond to other drivers that may be distracted on the road. Click here to register.  

Happy Commuting! And, stay safe out there.

Topics: driving, distracted driving

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