Commit to Safer Driving during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 20th, 2016 by

 

texting while driving

 

If you imagine a distracted driver, what do you see? Do you see someone holding their phone in their hands and texting or making a phone call behind the wheel? While both of those are definitely instances of distracted driving, using a hands-free device can be just as bad. This is why April is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Many drivers feel that using a hands-free device to make a phone call or send a text or email while driving is a safe way to multitask. But, according to the National Safety Council, drivers talking on their cell phones, hands-free or otherwise, are four times more likely to get in an accident. Plus, it is estimated that 21% of all accidents in the United States involve a driver who was talking on their phone.

Since both driving a car and holding a conversation are thinking tasks, the brain cannot simultaneously focus on both at the same time and rapidly switches between the two. This means drivers on their phones are more oblivious to the traffic around them can miss seeing up to 50% of the environment around them.

So, the next time your phone rings while driving, or you feel tempted to give someone a call, either pull over or call them back later. What is more important, making that call and risking your life, or keeping you and those around you safe?

Here at Carriage Kia, we want all of our customers to drive safely, which is why we want to challenge everyone to sign the Distracted Driving Awareness pledge to be a more attentive driver.