Eyes on the Road: April is Distracted Driving Month
April 06, 2022
Visual and mental attention is key to safe driving, yet the ever-changing and updating technology available to drivers can cause distractions while on the road. Almost all 50 states have enacted texting bans to prevent distracted driving, but drivers still continue to use smartphones while driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 660,000 drivers use their cell phones while operating a vehicle at any moment in the day.
Common distractions while driving:
Just because a technology is available in your vehicle does not mean it is safe to use while driving. Remember, if you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. In fact, many drivers are too reliant on advanced in-car technology and end up more distracted by the assistance they provide.
To compensate for the longer stopping distances required by trucks, commercial truck drivers, and even consumers operating rental trucks, must minimize any distractions behind the wheel to maximize safety and comply with applicable laws.
As Distracted Driving Month is underway, Penske offers these tips to encourage safe driving:
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