April has received the designation as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In addition to smartphones, drivers can become distracted from messing with the radio, eating and applying makeup. Thousands of people in the United States lose their lives each year due to distracted driving, and everyone needs to do better to keep their eyes on the road.
Reckless driving contributes to traffic collisions all the time. With April here, it is time to review all of the facts related to distracted driving in the hopes of preventing even one accident.
Statistics related to distracted driving
According to the AT&T It Can Wait campaign, approximately seven out of 10 drivers report looking at their smartphones while driving. In fact, 62 percent of people say that they keep their phones at an accessible distance while driving. One common explanation for why people engage in such behavior is the belief they can do this activity while being safe on the road. Even the best drivers who have never been in an accident previously can become involved in a collision. It only takes one second for road conditions to change and for an accident to occur. People should never go on social media, email or text while behind the wheel.
Takeaways from this campaign
Everyone can do better to be more vigilant drivers. If you are a passenger in a vehicle and you see the driver using his or her phone, gently remind the driver of the dangers of doing so. Additionally, you should keep your smartphone away from your eyes while you drive. Parents should set good examples for their children by not using the phone while driving. Someone else can handle the music or directions. Both of your hands should remain on the wheel. Distracted driving claims more lives every year compared to drunk driving, so it is a public health concern people need to take seriously.