Saturday, April 23, 2016

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

I am a blog ambassador with U.S. Cellular, and this post is sponsored on their behalf.  All opinions, as always, are my own!

Did you know it was Distracted Driving Awareness Month?  Distracted driving has become a relevant issue over the past several years, and deserves some awareness and also education.

It seems like everyone uses their phones while driving.  I know that I do.  Whether looking up directions on my iPhone or taking a call, or calling someone telling we are running late (again, we have kids, what can I say?), the cell phone always seems to be needed.  Distracted driving does not just mean using your cell phone though, it can include eating, putting on makeup, even reading! 

I remember driving into Boston one day with my mom, and I looked out my window at the car next to me, and the guy was reading the newspaper…hmmm…

According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 43% of smartphone owners use their phones while driving, while the same survey revealed that 34% of smartphone users get annoyed when they see someone else using their smartphone while driving.

So what are some ways that we can take away distractions for when we are driving?

If you are a parent with kids starting to drive, or using a phone while driving, you should definitely download the free parent-child agreement to start a conversation, and make a plan, as to what is acceptable while driving.

One of the best ways to hedge distracted driving is to actually take away the distractions.  Switch to do-not disturb mode so you don’t hear your phone constantly dinging with alerts or calls.  Or, if you don’t need your phone for directions, stick it in the glove box until you get to your destination. 

If you do need the GPS, enter all the information beforehand, and place your phone where it can easily be understood what the next step in the directions is.


Use accessories such as the Plantronics Voyager LegendBluetooth Headset.  Carrying on a conversation during your commute is easy and safe.  A recent U.S. Cellular survey showed that 74% of people who use their phones while driving use a hands-free device such as a Bluetooth headset or in-car Bluetooth system.

Whatever you think you need to see on your phone while you are driving, you don’t.  If it seems like an emergency, and you feel like you must use your phone, pull over.  It may feel like a hassle, but if that text is so important, pulling over shouldn’t be a hassle.  We live in such a connected society now, and it may seem uncomfortable to be “out of the loop” for the 30 minute commute, or however long your drive is, but getting to your destination safely should remain the goal. 


What tip would you include in this list?  

13 comments:

  1. I had no idea that it was Distracted Driving Awareness Month. I have found that life has gotten so busy that I don't even need a device to be distracted. My mind is so busy that I often find my self distracted by thoughts. Seems like a good time to practice being more aware of the task at hand...keep my mind on driving.

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  2. We have signs and fines but people are so distracted by almost everything! I do have a hands free device but I don't even feel comfortable using that. Most of the time my phone is in my purse in the back seat where I cant' reach it until I get to where I am going. There isn't anything more important than keeping my eyes on the road!

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  3. I make sure my cell phone is zipped up in my purse every time I drive. I couldn't imagine being distracted and my children learning I was looking at my phone and caused an accident. It's not worth it!

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  4. I think we are all guilty of using our phones while driving for one reason or another. I am glad you brought the issue up - too many people are being injured or hurt as a result. My brother recently gave me a blue tooth like the one you have in your post, and I have loved having it! It makes things so much easier and I am less likely to pull my phone out. Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. This is increasingly becoming one of my soap box issues. I can't stand seeing distracted drivers in front of me when I am out driving my kids around.

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  6. Distracted driving is a very scar thing. Its something I discuss with my children often!

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  7. I am one of those people, I promise to not look at my cell phone while driving for the rest of the month. Amen.

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  8. Thank you for this. Something that is such a huge issue in our culture but that isn't addressed properly or enough.

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  9. Love that there is more awareness brought to this cause. It's so important. I don't drive but I spot people driving and texting or chatting on their phone ALL THE TIME. It's so dangerous. - jeanine

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  10. I see distracted drivers all the time and don't get it. What can be so important? I also wish there was a way to "turn off" the radio when teens are driving.

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  11. I see many times distracted drivers driving their huge trucks (while talking on their phone). So much for being responsible drivers. Your post remind us again about how important it is to raise awareness while driving.

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  12. Everyone needs to celebrate this month. This topic literally makes me crazy. My kids feel just as strongly about texting/talking while driving.

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  13. I've never heard of this, but it's great that you are sharing it with us. I always tell my friends that it's important to be hands free!

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