Distracted Driving Awareness Month

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, applying makeup, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system.

NHTSA’s U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign reminds drivers of the deadly dangers and the legal consequences – including fines – of texting behind the wheel. From April 8-12, you may notice an increase in police enforcing texting laws and reminding drivers of the dangers.


The Issue

#JUSTDRIVE

It Can Wait

Texting is the most alarming distraction, and about 25% of drivers report to doing so. According to the NHTSA, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention.

Preventable Deaths

In 2019, 3,142 deaths occurred as a result of distracted driving.

Take the pledge to stop driving distracted.

Unnecessary Risk

The risk of an accident is 23 times higher if texting while driving.

Choose to put your phone away.

Tips for Driving Undistracted:

  • Turn your phone on silent
  • Get everything you need set up before you start driving
  • Place your phone out of sight and out of reach
  • If you have to make a call or text, safely pull over
  • If your driver is texting or otherwise distracted, tell them to stop and focus on the road
  • Share your pledge on social media to spread the word — #JustDrive