April is distracted driving awareness month, distracted driving is anything to take someone’s mind off the primary task of driving. The act of distracted driving is the culprit for thousands of automobile deaths and injuries each year.
While most reported accidents arise from texting and cell phone use, distractions can also include eating, grooming, using navigation systems, adjusting the radio, and talking to passengers. The most often heard reason given by drivers for an auto accident to officials is “I just took my eyes off the road for a second.”
The National Safety Council has declared April as the official awareness month for this issue and seeks to raise awareness by educating Americans on the dangers of distracted driving. Many insurance companies also offer free courses during April to address this as this is a major cause to auto claims each year.
What are some of the best ways to combat this?
- Turning off your cell phone while driving- you can set up an automatic response to callers that you are driving and will return the call when available
- Using a hands-free device
- Pulling over before using mobile devices
- Have a passenger respond to texts and calls
- Plan ahead- get directions and navigation ready before you being driving
- Save any grooming and tasks that take your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel for a safe location
Here is the official government website where you can get more information, if you have teen drivers this is an excellent resource…click here.
Also, if interested Philadelphia Insurance is hosting a free distracted driving online course, participants who complete this and take the survey will receive a certificate of completion as well as a First Aid Kit. Please click here for more information and to sign up.