April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
The National Safety Council (NSC) encourages all drivers to commit to driving distraction free by taking the NSC Just Drive Pledge. Distractions from driving can range anywhere from texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, programming an in-vehicle entertainment system, etc. All these distractions can divert your attention away from the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019, distracted driving killed 3,142 people – a 10% increase from 2018. More young drivers are using their phones while driving as shown in the NHTSA research from 2017, drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers have since 2007.
Even though studies show higher rates in young drivers using electronic devices while driving that does not mean drivers in other age groups are not as easily distracted by electronic devices and phone usage while driving on the road too. The best thing we can do to keep ourselves and those around us safe is to #justdrive.
Read the 4 quick steps brochure we created to help you stay safe and distraction-free from the NHTSA and NSC.