In April, we bring awareness to distracted driving.
Alarmingly, more than 700 people across the nation are injured in distracted driving crashes each day, according to the National Safety Council.
In our fast-paced world we’re constantly being alerted on our phones with news, social media, text messages, weather, emails and more. And all of the alerts and updates can create a big distraction when we’re not doing something we’re fully engaged in.
It’s especially disturbing when several text messages come in at one time. You think, “Someone wants to interact with me, I should see what they need right now!” Or you’re waiting for a work email and just can’t seem to stop looking at your device, to see if it came through.
“Texting is the most alarming distraction. 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.”
—NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL
There is a solution.
The most important thing to remember while driving is that driving is the most important thing right now. Always be aware. Always pay attention. The phone and your electronic interaction with other humans can wait. Enjoy the alone time and focus on the road.
To assess whether you have problems focusing on the road, read this distracted driver fact sheet. Young and new drivers seem more prone to using their phones while driving; educate them and help them when they’re learning to drive to know and understand the very real dangers of distracted driving.
To your financial success,
BRAD CHRISTIAN, Independent Insurance Agent