Just because Distracted Driving Awareness Month is over, don’t stop practicing safe habits behind the wheel.
In April, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey joined the National Safety Council in encouraging drivers across the state to concentrate more on the road and less on distractions while driving.
The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to the dangers of texting, making calls, updating social media and other distractions while operating vehicles on highways, roads and streets across the country. Eliminating distractions while driving is a critical factor in increasing safety on roadways and preventing thousands of deaths and injuries each year.
In North Carolina, 177 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and an estimated 26,962 others were injured. Nationally, distracted driving accounts for nine deaths each day. These are deaths and injuries that are preventable by decreasing distractions and putting more focus on safe driving.
Consider the following tips from AARP before starting your engine and hitting the open road:
- Do not use your cell phone while driving
- Let calls go to voicemail or let a passenger talk for you
- Select music before you start driving
- Refrain from eating, drinking and smoking
- Make sure your passengers and pets are properly restrained
- Know your route
- Manage passenger conversation
For more information about distracted driving, visit www.distraction.gov.