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Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is any activity taking a driver’s attention away from the road. 

There are three main types of distraction: 

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road 
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel 
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off what you are doing 

Source: Transportation Safety, (Center for Disease Control). (March 2021)  

Common Driver Distractions 

Any form of distracted driving is dangerous. In 2019, NHTSA reported that 3,142 people were killed in accidents involving at least one driver who was distracted. ¹

Activities that can take a driver's full attention away from the road include:   

  • Texting and driving (talking, video chat, email, social media, etc.)  
  • Eating and drinking  
  • Configuring a navigation (GPS) or entertainment system  
  • Applying makeup/grooming  
  • Reading, including maps  
  • Holding distracting conversations with your passengers 

¹Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA. (2019)    

Cell phones are one of the best safety tools drivers can have on the road to report emergencies. But when misused while driving, they can become dangerous distractions. Remember, using a cell phone or other mobile electronic device while driving is illegal in Michigan.

If you must make an important call/message, find a safe area to park your vehicle before responding.      

When it comes to distracted driving, it’s important to remember safety always comes first. Every time you drive, make sure to keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind focused on what’s ahead. If something might distract you from doing so, it’s best to avoid it.   

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