We have all heard the stories and seen the campaigns – texting while driving is dangerous, and can even be lethal. But, what else is defined as a distraction while driving? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are three main types of distraction on the road:
- Visual distractions that occupy your eyes
- Manual distractions that occupy your hands
- Cognitive distractions that occupy your mind
The CDC estimates that each day, more than 9 people are killed as a result of distracted driving in the United States – not to mention the hundreds of injuries and thousands of dollars in damages that are accrued. The purpose of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to bring these statistics to the attention of everyone who shares our nation’s roads in the hopes of creating safer conditions for drivers everywhere.
Some of our Drivers of the Month recently gave us some tips for staying safe on the road, whether you’re a member of the motoring public or behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.
Stay focused and remember the five keys of safety.
Pay attention to the traffic, surroundings, and road conditions and keep your eyes moving.
– Mick Korn
Take your time. Don’t act like you know everything, because you learn something new every day. Don’t take any risks.
– Terri Lynch & Amey Turns
Don't be too confident. Take every day like a student and drive with caution.
– Shaun Martin
Set aside one cent for every safe mile driven, and if nothing happens, you will have $10,000 when you reach 1 million miles!
– Mike Dorman
How do you stay safe and avoid distractions on the road? Share your tips with us on Facebook, and don’t forget to spread the word about Distracted Driving Awareness Month to your fellow drivers!