Distracted Driving is a national safety issue, so April is nationally recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month! As always, you need to watch yourself and your own driving behavior, but also make sure to help to educate your friends and family when you see them practicing unsafe tasks while driving. Remember, Distracted Drivers come in all shapes and sizes. It’s not just about teenagers.
Examples of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents these days, but it’s not just isolated to smartphone and tablet use. There are many different types of multi-tasking while behind the wheel that can be just as dangerous. These are some examples:
- Using a wireless device, such as a cell phone
- Talking to and interacting with passengers
- Reaching for CDs, food, or falling objects
- Programming radio stations or tinkering with dashboard controls
- Applying makeup or other personal hygiene-related actions
- Unwrapping food, opening a canned drink or other movements when eating at the wheel
- External distractions such as pointing out a funny billboard or pedestrian
- Talking or singing to oneself
Make Driving Priority Number One
The key to avoiding distracted driving is to make driving your first priority. Those other tasks can wait. It only takes a fraction of a second of your attention for an accident to occur.