There are plenty of reasons why accidents happen – road rage, confusion, bad traffic – but distracted driving is the biggest reason of all. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and on behalf of Charlotte Insurance, we want everyone to stay safe on the roads. Your family wants you to come home safe every day. It starts with being safe behind the wheel.
Anything that takes your attention off the road can cause distracted driving – things like eating, drinking, smoking, and daydreaming. One of the most common problems these days is cell phone use. We can do so much more with our phones than ever before and many of us are doing it all while we’re driving.
In order to stay safe behind the wheel, avoid these activities:
- Talking on the phone, even with a hands-free device
- Sending or reading text messages
- Using voice-to-text features
- Updating social media
- Checking or sending emails
- Taking video or selfies
- Setting your GPS while you’re driving
When we distract ourselves while driving, it can take an additional 27 seconds for our brains to get refocused on the road ahead of us. Anything can happen in that time, and it often does.
LEARN HOW TO AVOID DISTRACTED DRIVING
For the month of April, you can take a free Distracted Driver Training Course online and become a safer driver. It’s by the Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The course is 20 minutes, and the exam takes only five minutes. At the end you’ll get a Certificate of Completion, and you’ll be even safer when you’re behind the wheel.
I’ve taken this course, and I recommend it for everyone. Safe driving is important because I want to be around a long time to enjoy my family and help our customers.
Put down your phone, drive safely, and make it home in one piece. Here at Charlotte Insurance, we want to do more than sell you an insurance policy. We want to help you protect what matters most.