April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Here at EverQuote, we know how dangerous distracted driving can be and we want to help inform you on how to stay safe.
According to the CDC, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured daily in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
Don’t be part of the statistic. Start driving safer today, and encourage others to do the same!
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What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any behavior that inhibits a driver’s focus behind the wheel. For example, texting or calling someone as you drive is considered distracted driving.
In short, distracted driving means that the driver is focusing on something other than the road in front of them and the cars around them. As a result, a distracted driver is more likely to get into car accidents or collisions due to inattention.
Three Types of Distracted Driving via the CDC
- Visual - anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road. Looking at a cell phone, texting, turning the radio on, surfing websites or dialing a phone are all examples of distracted driving.
- Manual - anything that requires a driver’s hands to be removed from the wheel. Texting, dialing a phone number, looking for an item in a handbag or reaching in the glove compartment are all examples of behaviors that cause inattention.
- Cognitive - anything that interrupts a driver from focusing his or her mind on the road. This could be a conversation with a fellow passenger, a phone call, or a text—as they can all take a driver’s mind off the road.
The most important piece of information to remember about distracted driving is that it is unsafe. Don’t put yourself or others at risk by doing tasks that can easily be saved for later. It’s not worth it.
Many states already have no texting laws, and many even prohibit mobile usage all together. Stick to your state laws and stay safe. Be aware that even passengers can be distracting. If you need to check a mobile device, make a phone call or reach for an item—pull your vehicle over first.
If you’re curious about how safe of a driver you are, check out the EverDrive app. It works by passively monitoring your driving habits, and will give you diagnostics for later review post-drive. Work to improve your driving, adjust your skills, build your score and keep the roads safe. You can also follow these defensive driving tips to become a better driver today.
Happy safe driving, this month and every month!
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