April 23rd, 2019 by

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Carter Chevrolet wants to remind you of the dangers of driving distracted. Did you know that between 2012-2017, nearly 20,000 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,166 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers in 2017. Here are the facts that you should know about distracted driving.

Distracted Driving Facts

-Taking your eyes off the road for five seconds at 55 mph is the same as driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

-Drivers talking on their cell phones are four times more likely to crash (that includes talking on hands-free devices.)

-If you are texting behind the wheel, you are 23 times more likely to crash. Drivers turning around in their seats or reaching for moving objects are nearly nine times more likely to crash.

-Using your cell phone or electronic device while driving is against the law in the state of Connecticut. Anyone found using their cell phone or electronic device while driving is subject to a fine starting at $150 for first-time offenders.

-Drivers who are 16 or 17 years of age are prohibited from using a cell phone or mobile device at anytime in Connecticut – even with a hands-free accessory.

-Your brain can’t do two things at the same time. Driving and talking on your cell phone makes your brain switch between two tasks and slows your reaction time.

-The National Safety Council estimates that 25% of crashes involves cell phones.

Safety Tips for Driving

-If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it’s safe to text.

-Consider designating your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.

-Your cell phone is habit forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.

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