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GHSA Tips to Combat Distracted Driving

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the United States, and today on the blog, we take a look at what you can do to help yourself from being distracted while operating a motor vehicle.  

Distracted Driving Safety Tips

The Governors Highway Safety Association offers some tips for drivers to keep themselves from being too distracted while driving. Drivers can:

  • Turn off their cell phone, put them in silent mode, or put it in a place that’s out of reach so you’re not tempted to use them while driving.
  • Make other people aware that you do not use or answer the phone while you are driving.
  • If you absolutely have to make a phone call, pull over to a safe place before you place the call.
  • Another option to do is to have your other passengers dial the phone or answer the text message for you.
  • If you are using a GPS device, enter the location information for your destination before you start driving.
  • Do your best to refrain from eating, reading, applying makeup, grooming, or anything that takes your eyes and mind off the road.

Important Information about Distracted Driving Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States involving distracted drivers:

  • In 2013, there were a total of 3,154 people who were killed in distracted driving accidents that happened in the United States, and another 424,000 people injured.
  • 16 percent of motor vehicle accidents in 2013 were reported to have involved distracted drivers.
  • 10 percent of all drivers ages 15-19 who were involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the accident.

To continue our discussion on the dangers of distracted driving, we take a look at what can be done to help teenagers and inexperienced drivers be less distracted while operating a motor vehicle.


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