April is known for many things: showers that bring May flowers, a day for fools and pralines! But of all of the April observances, one stands out for it’s potential to save lives: Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
So why is it important to keep our eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel?
Let’s start with a few facts about distracted driving:
- Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. (source)
- 5 seconds: the average time a driver’s eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field! (source)
- Increased likelihood of an accident while texting: 23x (source)
If you don’t text and drive, that is great news! But distracted driving isn’t just about handheld devices, it’s about doing anything other than driving, including:
- Eating and drinking
- Reading (including maps)
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking to passengers