April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The National Safety Council invites you to Take Back Your Drive.
New technology in vehicles is causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. Drivers – 53% of them – believe if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. But in fact, these technologies distract our brains even long after you've used them.
Make no mistake: This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.
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Thousands have Died in Crashes Involving Cell Phone Use
Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one who is distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you.
With some state laws focusing on handheld bans and car-makers putting hands-free technology in vehicles, it’s no wonder people are confused. However, while many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device, it’s just not true. Your brain remains distracted by the conversation.