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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

According to the National Safety Council, distracted driving related crashes cause at least 9 fatalities and 1,000 injuries each day. In 2015 alone, distracted driving related crashes accounted for 391,000 injuries. Distracted driving occurs when, in addition to driving, the driver completes another activity that takes their attention away from the road. There are three categories of distractions. The categories of distracted driving include:

  • Visual – taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual – taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive – taking your mind off driving.

Common distractions while driving include texting, talking on a cell phone, and eating. While these are common everyday tasks, when you pair them with driving, they can become dangerous distractions that can lead to vehicle crashes. To reduce the risk of vehicle crashes, avoid distractions that can take your attention away from the road.

For additional information and resources on distracted driving, visit the sources copied below.

Sources:

National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving webpage
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Distracted Driving webpage