Distracted driving is anything that causes the driver to take their attention away from driving. This includes taking their eyes off of the road, or their hands off of the steering wheel. One of the most common forms today of distracted driving is cell phone use.
According to the NHTSA, on any day, there are approximately 660,000 drivers using their cell phones or manipulating an electronic device.
The most recent information from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), dating back to 2014, shows that distracted drivers caused 13,964 crashes. Of those crashes, 49 were fatal. Young drivers, ages 16-21, accounted for a large portion of those crashes.
So how can you help bring awareness to distracted driving?
Visit distraction.gov and take the pledge against distracted driving. You can also download informative infographics that you can share with your friends on social media.
It is important to remember that distracted driving comes in many different forms besides cell phone use. A loud radio, eating, reading directions, or friends in your vehicle can all distract you from driving. Eliminate as many distractions as possible when you are out on the road to ensure the safety of you and others.
Although April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, you should practice safe driving and bring awareness to this tragic epidemic every day.