April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 20, 2015

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – allowing traffic safety advocates the opportunity to shine a light on the issue.

Distracted driving has become a hot topic of conversation, debate and policy making these days. Cell phones are a major target, but distractions are anything that takes your mind and attention away from your main task — driving.

Distractions can take many forms, including:

  • Interacting with your cell phone (talking, texting, checking Facebook or email, etc.),
  • Distracting passengers,
  • Eating,
  • Putting on makeup, or
  • Changing the radio.

Several studies have shown that driving performance deteriorates while performing other complex tasks. For example, one Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) study found that while texting and driving, participant reaction times were doubled, and they were less able to maintain lane position and a constant speed.  Another TTI study found that even when using voice-to-text applications, driver reaction times were doubled.

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