Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 19, 2022 by Brittany Bolin

Distracted Driving

The Month of April is dedicated to raising awareness about distracted driving. Whether you are driving yourself to work, on a road trip with friends, or hauling a load to a destination, being alert to your surroundings on the road is critical. Everyone on the road has their part to play in making sure not only they are driving safely for their own safety but also ensuring they are not a hazard to others. It’s vital to know that there are several risks that can lead to serious consequences due to distracted driving.

The Definition of a Driving Distraction Is….

Anything that causes a driver to remove their attention from the road is considered to be a distraction. Looking away to flip through the radio stations or adjust the temperature/fan settings can create a momentary distraction just as easily as reading a text. While a driver can glance back at the road while doing something else to check, the brain is only partially focused on processing visual cues about objects on or around the road. Which can cause distracted driving to be just as bad as intoxicated driving.

Distracted Driving Statistics

Distraction driving is dangerous, not only to the person or people with the distracted driver but they also become a danger to other driving or walking near the road

  • Vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver claims the lives of over 3,000 people every year in the U.S. according to NHTSA
  • Distracted driving has caused insurance premiums to increase 16-22% 
  • Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving 55 mph
  • According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 31% of drivers are distracted by their dogs in the car 

Three Types of Distracted Driving Are

  • Visual Distractions: 
    • Causes you to take your eyes off the road 
  • Manual Distractions: 
    • Causes you to take your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive Distractions: 
    • Causes you to take your mind off driving

Typically one type of distraction leads to another such as noise from the backseat could lead to glancing, turning your head (and attention) away from the road. This behavior creates a loss of mental focus on the task of driving safely — even if it’s only momentarily. So how can you prevent distractions while driving?

How to Prevent Distracted Driving

  • Do not multitask while driving
    • Send any messages, along with an estimated timeframe that you be able to respond back, before you start driving or after you have completely pulled over out of the way
      • *Refrain from contacting someone who is driving unless necessary, to also help prevent them from becoming distracted*
    • Have all mirrors adjusted and passengers secured (including any furry co-pilots) before heading out
  • When ready to drive, have your phone mounted at all times. An unmounted phone is much more likely to be picked up while driving
    • If you do need to respond, reroute navigation, or handle other issues; pick a safe spot to pull over before taking care of the situation

Time-Tested Reputation of D&D Sexton

At D&D Sexton, we prioritize safety and reliability with safe driving. Our drivers are out on the road everyday so we know how important it is that every driver is focused on their surroundings. Join together with us and strive to drive safely so everyone can reach their next destination. If you are interested in learning more about D&D Sexton and our drivers, feel free to reach out to us!

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