April is distracted driving awareness month. Here are some statistics about the critical issue of distracted driving and ways to cope with the distractions. Help spread the word: Just Drive.
Distracted Driving Statistics
- Texting, emailing, accessing social media
- Watching videos or surfing the internet
- Snapping selfies
- Distracted driving, such as eating and drinking, putting on makeup, arguing with passengers, etc.
- Inputting or reading GPS directions
- Using the infotainment system, fiddling with the radio, etc.
- Impaired driving after drinking or drug use
- Drowsy driving
Staying on Track
How do you avoid distractions and help those you love to stay on track with constant potential
- According to the National Safety Council, 80% of drivers incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. Hands-free drivers miss about 50% of what is happening around them as they drive and talk.
- 82% of Americans indicated that they felt pressure from their families to use phones while driving to keep in touch.
- In the time you take your eyes off the road to read or send a text at 55 MPH, it is like driving the length of a football field blind.
- Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving.
- 10 Americans are killed and more than 1,000 are injured every day in distracted driving incidents
- 45% percent surveyed in AAA’s Traffic Study last year admitted to reading a text or email while driving in the previous 30 days, and 34.6 percent admitted typing or sending one.
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- Take a minute to prep before you drive. Before you take off, adjust your music, pair your phone, set up your GPS and note directions, check your texts/social media one last time, adjust your mirror and seat position.
- Utilize the driving safety features on your phone. Use Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving feature or Android Auto.
- Out of sight, out of mind. If you are still distracted by your phone, try putting it in the trunk or stowing it where it won’t tempt you.
- Ask passengers for help. If you have passengers, ask them to read GPS, adjust the radio or answer phone calls/text
- Pull over if you have to take a phone call or respond to an email/text.
- Avoid driving while drowsy and late at night. To increase alertness, avoid driving alone on little sleep and, if you feel drowsy, take a nap at a rest stop or use caffeine for a short-term boost.
- Pledge to “Just Drive”. Take the National Safety Council Pledge to “Just Drive” — and encourage everyone you care about to do the same.