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Monday, April 6, 2015

Dial in to the road: do your part for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

DistractedDrivingWith Distracted Driving Awareness Month underway, it’s the perfect time for a friendly reminder to keep your eyes up and “brake the habit” as we like to say.


If it’s raining, you wouldn’t even think of driving without running the wipers (I hope). Same if your windshield fogs up – you wouldn’t want to move until the defroster gets going because in both cases you’d be blind.


But if you glance down to read a text, an email or even that jury duty notice that came as snail mail, you’re driving blind. Pretty scary thought knowing you could miss the length of a football field if you take your eyes off the road for a few short seconds. Sadly, this occurs far too often with distracted drivers.


“But it’s only newer drivers in their teens and 20s doing it because they’re so absorbed in their phones …”


Not exactly a true statement – distracted driving’s a universal problem. Yes, younger drivers like me are more likely to use their phones while driving. But even those of you who may have taken your driver’s test in your dad’s AMC Hornet back when the Bee Gees and Donna Summer were topping the charts aren’t off the hook. Decades of experience behind the wheel doesn’t compensate for choosing to drive distracted.


And driver distractions stretch way beyond just phones. Other activities to avoid include shaving, styling hair, programming the GPS, eating and singing/dancing along to music to name a few. Don’t let rowdy passengers take your attention off the road, whether that’s a group of close friends or Fluffy, your miniature Poodle, who definitely shouldn’t be riding on your lap.


If you’re a mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, friend or neighbor, do your part to set an example by not driving distracted. And for our teens in the audience, show us how you plan not to drive distracted by entering our #BrakeTheHabit contest.






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