Distracted Driving Awareness Month is an annual campaign held in April to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and encourage drivers to avoid distractions while driving. The campaign is designed to educate drivers on the risks of texting, using a phone, eating, drinking, grooming, or any other activity that takes their attention away from the road. Distracted driving has become a major problem in recent years and is a leading cause of accidents on the road.
As a driver, it’s important to understand the risks of distracted driving and take steps to avoid distractions while behind the wheel. Here are some tips to help you prevent distracted driving:
- Put away your phone: Avoid using your phone while driving. If you need to make a call or send a message, pull over to a safe location.
- Use hands-free devices: If you need to make a call while driving, use a hands-free device such as a Bluetooth headset or speakerphone.
- Don’t eat or drink while driving: Eating or drinking while driving can be distracting. Finish your food or drink before getting behind the wheel.
- Avoid grooming while driving: Shaving, applying makeup, or fixing your hair can all take your attention away from the road. Do these things before you start driving.
- Set your GPS before driving: If you need directions, set your GPS before you start driving so you can focus on the road.
- Secure pets and children: Make sure your pets are secured in a crate or harness, and that children are properly buckled in their seats.
- Take breaks: If you’re feeling tired or fatigued, take a break and rest before continuing your journey.
Remember, distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. By working together to raise awareness about distracted driving, we can all help to make our roads safer for everyone.