April is distracted driving month – a great reminder to stay focused and keep your eyes on the road while driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cellphone usage is the most common distraction. People are often distracted by texting, talking and social media use. But in addition, people take their eyes off the road to adjust the radio or GPS, apply makeup, eat and drink.
These activities while driving delay driver reaction time and put you at risk for an accident. In honor of April Distracted Driving Month, AWARE is happy to share safe driving tips from the NHTSA to help you avoid a close call or deadly crash:
If you need to send a text, find a safe location to pull over and park your car.
Designate a passenger to respond to calls or messages.
Do not scroll through apps while driving.
To avoid texting while driving, place your cell phone in the trunk, glovebox or back seat until you arrive at your destination.
Support the driver by reminding them to focus on the road.
In addition, you can watch this video by the Montana State Fund for more information and tips on distracted driving.