April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving can involve any activity that removes a driver's attention or focus from the vehicle and the road. This includes but is not limited to using cellphones, whether hand-held or hands-free, eating, drinking, or engaging in other activities while driving.
The National Safety Council (NSC) has launched the Take Back Your Drive initiative to bring attention to the issue of distracted driving and enlighten drivers that just because a phone may not take your hands off the wheel does not mean that it is not dangerous.
If you or someone you care about suffered injuries in an accident because of a distracted driver, contact car accident attorney Jason R. Schultz at 404-474-0804.
What can drivers do to support Distracted Driving Awareness Month?
For safety's sake, we have a few easy-to-follow concrete steps you can take to help make our roads safer:
Make a pledge not to text and drive.
Or better yet, pledge to drive phone-free. Fill out the Take Back Your Drive pledge form and promise to refrain from:
- Texting and driving
- Talking on the phone
- Using voice text features
- Taking pictures or videos
- Posting to or checking social media
- Using your phone in anyway
- Texting or calling people you know are driving
By taking the pledge, you might save a life.
Put your phone away while driving.
The closer the phone is, the more likely it is to distract you if you receive a call or text. Sadly, it only takes one second for an irreversible accident to happen. Think about hiding your phone in a place like your glove box so that it is accessible in an emergency but not while you are driving.
Download an app.
There are mobile apps, such as SAFECELL or AT&T DriveMode, which track your kid’s phone or send auto replies to texts or calls to let the sender know that you are driving.
Manage other distractions as well.
Cell phones are not the only cause of distracted driving. Drivers "multi-tasking" while behind the wheel may find themselves facing distractions such as the radio, other passengers, food or drinks, putting on make-up, or using the mirror to check their appearance. Just as you can wait to answer a text or call, you can wait until you have stopped the vehicle to take a sip of soda or turn up your favorite song.
In order to reduce the incidence of distracted driving and improve everyone's safety, we all need to take steps to make changes for the better. However, we cannot stop every single accident while we wait for others to get their act together, but we can hold people who drive distracted accountable.
If you or someone you care about suffered harm in an accident because of a distracted driver, contact Jason Schultz today at 404-474-0804.