April is officially National Distracted Driving Awareness month?
Although many people think that the only type of distracted driving
involves driving while using a phone there are many ways a person can
be distracted while driving. Texting, talking on the phone, eating,
changing the radio station are all examples of distracted driving.
Texting and driving is the most popular and most dangerous form of
distracted driving. According to The Zebra (https://www.thezebra.com/texting-and-driving-statistics/) there were over 4,600 car crash deaths in 2018 due to cell phone
Not only is distracted driving dangerous, it is illegal in 47 states.
If caught, the driver will likely receive a ticket which will also
increase the driver's insurance rate. On average, a driver's insurance
rate will increase by $226 a year when ticketed for distracted
driving. In some cities, the penalty is even more severe due to
distracted driving laws.
Many drivers have been found to be engaged in one or more distracting
activities while on the road:
- Talking on hand-held cellphone
Manipulating hand-held cellphone (excludes looking at phone in
Simply holding hand-held cellphone (i.e., not obviously manipulating
- Wearing Bluetooth earpiece or headset with mic
- Wearing headphones or ear buds
Manipulating in-vehicle system (touching radio, climate control,
touchscreen display or other controls; excludes operating stalks or
buttons on steering wheel)
Manipulating or holding mobile electronic device other than
- Talking or singing
- Eating or drinking
Other (reaching for object, reading print material, adjusting sun
visor, putting on glasses, holding another object)
So, put away your phone, food, and ear buds and focus driving to make
the roads as safe as possible. This will not only help protect
yourself from distracted drivers but will also keep you from becoming