Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, something we all should be conscious of especially as weather warms up and phones come out. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. This month is meant to bring attention to the dangers of taking your eyes and full engagement away from the roadway.

There are three types of distracted driving: manual, visual and cognitive. Manual distractions happen when a driver removes their hands from the wheel. Some examples of this would be eating, drinking, doing makeup and changing the radio or GPS. Visual distractions happen when a driver’s eyes are not focused on the road. For example, when drivers close their eyes from fatigue or to turn to talk to someone else in the vehicle. Cognitive distractions are when a driver’s mind is wanders away from the road, often times this is when drivers are day dreaming or thinking about what they have to do for the day. Some activities, like texting, can actually involve all three types of distractions while driving. Below are some reasons why all types of distracted driving are dangerous for yourself and others on the road:

  • More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor.
  • About 4.57 million people were injured seriously enough to require medical attention in motor vehicle crashes in 2017.
  • 1 in 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by a distracted driver.
  • Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.
  • Every day in the United States, about nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in reported crashes that involve a distracted driver.
  • In Illinois, using a phone while driving is a moving violation and can result in a fine up to $150.

Distracted driving can not only affect your life but the lives of others as well. Ensuring that you are driving safely is important whenever you get behind the wheel. Some ways to protect yourself and others while driving is to:

  • Give your full attention to the road.
  • Practice defensive driving.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Never drive intoxicated and have a designated sober driver.
  • Avoid driving when tired or fatigued.

This month, Lakeshore will be posting more facts about distracted driving on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. To participate in Distracted Driving Awareness Month, you can also sign the National Safety Council’s pledge to be an attentive driver. Safety starts with you and remember that it only takes one second of distracted driving to change your life forever.

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