As April comes to an end, we come to the close of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Technological advances have been a wonderful opportunity for improvements and added convenience to our daily lives. However, those added conveniences such as texting, calling someone on a mobile device, checking email on the go, etc. can lead to hazards while driving. The National Safety Council recognized the month of April as an opportunity to spread awareness and safety concerns of distracted driving.
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis:
Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
Mobile phones may have impacted this increase but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention classifies three main types of distractions while driving:
1. Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
2. Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
3. Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.
Other "distracted driving activities” include:
· Using a cell phone, texting, and eating.
· Using in-vehicle technologies (such as navigation systems) can also be sources of distraction.
· While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Safety Council has been focused on raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving this month. You can join the campaign and share your commitment to "Just Drive” by pledging to do so on their website. You can also share their social media posts to spread awareness to your friends and family.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!