April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Defined as an any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving, distracted driving not only endangers the safety of the driver, but their passengers and bystanders on the roads as well. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates on average, nine (9) people are killed every day in distraction-affected motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The most alarming distraction trend has become cellphone-related usage while operating a vehicle, although additional distractions such as eating/drinking, grooming, using navigational devices, and adjusting radio/climate controls can also play a factor.
*For Drivers – Turn off electronic devices and avoid reaching for them while driving. Be alert for pedestrians and cyclists, especially those who may be distracted themselves.
*For Parents – Set a good example and talk with your teens about responsible and safe driving.
*For Passengers – Speak up when a driver is not paying attention while behind the wheel. Offer to make the call/text for them, so their full attention can remain on the road.