Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2024

Happy Distracted Driving Awareness Month everyone! In today’s fast-paced world, multitasking has become a common practice, even behind the wheel. Distracted driving, however, is a dangerous behavior that compromises the safety of drivers, passengers, and bystanders alike. We here at Official Driving School define distracted driving as any activity that diverts attention from the driving task. This includes (but is not limited to) texting, eating, actively using in-car technologies like GPS, and more. These distractions can significantly impair a driver’s ability to operate the vehicle safely, leading to increased reaction times (takes you longer to respond to potential dangers), reduced awareness of the environment, and ultimately, a higher risk of accidents.

Recent statistics shed light on the severity of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2020 alone. This alarming number underscores the critical need for awareness and education about the consequences of distracted driving. The fact that these incidents are entirely preventable makes it even more important for drivers to understand the risks associated with these bad, distracted driving behaviors.

In response to these concerning statistics, Official Driving School is calling on drivers everywhere to make a commitment to safer driving by taking the Safe Driving Pledge. By pledging, you promise to prioritize safety over convenience, to keep your focus on the road, and to avoid the temptations of multitasking while driving. We believe that change starts with a promise — a promise to drive attentively, responsibly, and with respect for the lives of all road users. Join us in making our roads safer for everyone by taking the Safe Driving Pledge on our homepage today. For the month of April, we’re donating $1 to MADD for every person who takes the Safe Driving Pledge. Together, we can drive down the numbers and make distracted driving a thing of the past!