April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Are you one of the 80 out of 100 people that believe you are driving safer while being hands-free with your cell phone? The National Safety Council recently indicated that “80 percent of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone.”

Driving hands-free is not safer. In fact, our brains still remain distracted if we are talking. If you are driving and talking on your cell phone you can miss seeing up to half of what is around you including traffic lights, stop signs, pedestrians, other drivers and motorcyclists. That is not good.

If you haven’t already noticed, there are a lot more motorcyclists on the road. It’s time to start thinking motorcycle safety, even if you don’t own or drive a motorcycle. Police reports indicate the majority of motorcycle versus automobile accidents occurs in intersections when a car turns in front of a biker. Look twice before making a left turn to be sure traffic is clear. Look specifically for motorcycles as vehicles turning in front of motorcycles are the number one cause of fatal accidents for motorcycle riders.

No accident is a good accident. Start today and become more aware of your surroundings when driving.  Take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell-free and please, look twice and save a life!

References: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx?var=homepage3


Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.