Contact Us For A Demo

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving AwarenessSince the nation is effectively locked down because of the Coronavirus, fewer vehicles will be on American roads in April 2020 than at any other time in modern history. Even so, April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Allow us to take advantage of this time of reflection to share the myriad reasons you should drive free from distraction when you are back on the open road (or before then – when you head to the store during the quarantine to stock up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer).

What Constitutes Distracted DrivingEnd Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving 2020 RJWDistracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on a phone; eating and drinking; talking to people in a vehicle that is operational; fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — or anything else that takes attention away from the task of safe driving. Experts agree texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with closed eyes. Driving safely is impossible unless the task of driving has the driver’s full attention. Any secondary (non-driving) activity is a potential distraction and increases the risk of crashing.

The Danger of Distraction

Texting while drivingDistracted drivers aren’t just a threat to themselves: they’re a danger to everyone else on the road. The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness, and education. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways.”

Distracted Driving StatisticsHighway Safety Distracted Driving

  • Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming an average 2,800 lives per year and injuring another 400,000.
  • Among those killed in 2018: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists.
  • The National Highway & Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) leads the national effort to save lives by preventing this dangerous behavior.
  • The youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 10% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under the age of 20.

Stop Distracted DrivingHow to End Distracted Driving

  • Do it yourself!
    No one sets out to drive while distracted. Nonetheless, millions of people do just that. So, one of the best ways to stop the trend is to commit to driving distraction-free whenever you are behind the wheel.
  • As a passenger, use positive peer pressure. Distracted Driving Awareness
    Help the driver drive distraction-free. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk or distracted!
  • As a parent, model proper behavior.
    Don’t just talk the talk. Walk the walk. Teen drivers won’t do what you say. They’ll copy what you do. Download this Family Safe Driving Agreement for practical ideas.

Online Fire Life Safety TrainingAbout the AUS Fire Life Safety Training System

We care about your safety on and off the road. A convenient and affordable way to make sure high-rise occupants are prepared for disasters and emergencies of virtually every kind is to subscribe. Our system has been designed to help improve and save lives. For more information about the best system out there, or to subscribe, click here.

Tags: ,

Comments are closed.