Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Stop Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Safety Council, at least nine Americans die each day and one thousand more are injured in distracted driving crashes. Whether you’ve felt the need to send a text while driving or have been distracted by outside factors while behind the wheel, follow these tips below to reduce your chance of dangerous activity on the road:

  1. Turn your phone off or put it somewhere out of reach. We recommend the glove box-out of sight out of mind.
  2. If you're using the GPS on your phone, disable app and text notifications. 
  3. Program your GPS and adjust your seats, mirrors and other distracting car functions before you begin driving.
  4. Secure children & pets with the proper restraints.
  5. Finish grooming and personal care at home.
  6. Avoid eating while driving. If you must, pull over until you’re finished.

Distracted driving can have monumental consequences to your safety and have significant impacts to your insurance rates and your driving privileges. The average text message takes about 4.5 seconds to send. At 55 MPH, you’ve driven the length of an entire football field by the time you’ve hit ‘send’. In addition to life threatening scenarios, a ticket for texting or using your phone while driving raises your auto insurance rate by 16%. If you want to avoid potentially dangerous and expensive situations and put aside the distractions and focus on the road.