April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Do you sometimes wonder about other drivers focused on everything but the road? She’s texting while changing lanes. He’s reading a map on his tablet behind that semi on I-5! She’s turned around, yelling at a child in the back seat, and totally unaware of those flashing lights at the railroad crossing.

Welcome to the world of distracted drivers. The statistics are frightening:

  • Every day, 4,300 crashes result from distracted driving
  • Drivers talking on cell phones cause 1.6 million crashes per year
  • Collision risk is 2,200 percent higher while a driver is texting
  • Nearly half of teenagers surveyed admit to being in a car while the driver was texting

Even the most well-intentioned driver may find a ringing cell phone impossible to resist, so the safest solution is to turn off your devices while driving. If you must leave them on, follow these common-sense safety tips from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Let all calls and messages go to voicemail
  • If you need to make a call or text, first find a safe place to pull off the road
  • Never dial when driving. If you must make a call, have a passenger dial the number or use speed dial
  • Keep phone calls brief and delay stressful conversations until a time when you’re not driving
  • Never take notes while behind the wheel

Remember that any distraction can be the one that causes a major accident. The distractions of eating, drinking, applying makeup and selecting music still contribute to their share of accidents.

Your friends at Apollo Insurance Services want you to be safe, stay focused and don’t drive distracted, not only in April, but year-round.

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