Distracted Driving

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on March 31, 2017

    April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    Distracted DrivingEach day in the United States, at least eight people are killed and 1,161 injured in car crashes that involve a distracted driver.

    In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in car crashes involving distracted drivers. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this issue.

    Types of distractions that go beyond texting

    Texting is considered one of the worst distractions to drivers, because it requires a person’s full attention (visual, manual and cognitive). However, other distractions that could endanger the driver’s, passengers’ and even bystanders’ safety are –

    • Eating and drinking
    • Talking
    • Combing your hair or putting on makeup
    • Using a navigation system
    • Adjusting the radio

    Pledge to drive phone-free today!

    Take the pledge for your safety as well as the safety of those you love. You and your
    loved ones can pledge to drive phone-free at distraction.gov/take-action/take-the-pledge.

    Sources:
    •National Safety Council, “Distracted Driving Educational Materials” (accessed 02/03/2017), available at nsc.org/learn.
    • U.S. Department of Transportation National Traffic Safety Administration (2016), “Distracted Driving” (accessed 01/31/2017),
    available at crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov.
    • Distraction.gov (2011), “Facts and Statistics” (accessed 01/31/2017), available at distraction.gov.

     

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