April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
At The Truck Junction, we pride ourselves on the performance-oriented and highly capable vehicles we sell. But we’re also aware that these categories come second when compared to the importance of safety and the habits of a responsible driver. This April coincides with Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and we’re here to do our part to bring many of these issues to the forefront and shed some light upon them.
Last year, there were over 31,000 deaths in the United States alone due to drivers being distracted by texting while operating a motor vehicle. This number is not only frightening, but it’s also steadily increasing as more and more drivers are paying less attention to their surroundings and the road ahead of them. But it’s not just texting, it’s using a cell phone in an attempt at multitasking that can end up being fatal.
The Dangers of Cell Phone Use
Now more than ever, cell phone use is a part of daily life that many have difficulty separating themselves from. These are three contributing factors that have a direct correlation to the rise in vehicular accidents and fatalities.
- Use of a phone while driving limits both visibility and awareness by a large amount. Someone checking a text message while traveling on the highway is extremely foolish and dangerous. The NHTSA estimates that the checking of a message while traveling at 55 MPH is equivalent to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
- Because it takes dexterity to operate a phone, this hinders reaction time while driving.
- Texting and calling require a thought process that forces your concentration to stray from the road.
Other Deadly Distractions
While the use of a phone has led to a rise in accidents, it’s not the sole cause. A recent study found that these are also contributing factors to drivers becoming distracted while on the road.
- Eating & Drinking
- Adjusting your car’s GPS
- Adjusting the radio or stereo system
- Interacting with pets and passengers in a way that forces you to take concentration away from the road or your surroundings.
Preventing yourself from being distracted is easier than you might think. If you’re traveling a short distance, turn off your phone or leave it in your pocket. Many modern vehicles have available driving assistance features that rely on sensors to detect sudden changes in traffic patterns. While these will certainly help, they don’t replace the habits of a safe and responsible driver.
Trust us, that text message or phone call can wait.
Staying safe on the road is the most important aspect of driving. For vehicles that have the latest and greatest safety and driving assistance features, check The Truck Junction. You can find us located at