2019 Distracted Driving Awareness Month
As the use of smartphones increases, so do our chances of becoming distracted behind the wheel. Trying to multitask behind the wheel is dangerous and driving safely requires your full, undivided attention.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports an estimated 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
The National Safety Council has declared April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It is important to recognize the dangers of distracted driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identifies three types of distracted driving:
- Visual- Taking your eyes off the road
- Manual- Taking your hands off the steering wheel or feet off the pedals
- Cognitive- Taking your mind off the road
Many examples of distracted driving fall under more than one of these categories.
Distracted driving includes:
- Texting (Visual, manual and cognitive distraction)
- Talking on the phone (Visual, manual and cognitive distraction)
- Handling the radio (Cognitive and manual distraction)
- Using a GPS (Cognitive, sometimes manual distraction)
- Eating (Visual, manual and cognitive distraction)
- Searching through a purse or wallet (Manual, sometimes visual)
Consider this list. How many of these distract you while you’re driving?
Before you reach for your phone, think about the other drivers on the road. No text is worth risking your life or the lives of others.
Eldeco is committed to the safety and protection of its employees. We use CellControl to prevent distracted driving due to a cell phone.
If you’re ready to make the commitment to drive cell-phone free, make the pledge! Visit the NSC website to join the effort and learn more about how you can prevent distracted driving.