Distracted Driving Awareness Month
WASHINGTON- April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and AAA Washington reminds everyone that the law against texting and driving includes doesn't stop when you're at a red light.
Researchers found that when drivers used their phone at a red light, they stayed distracted for up to 27 seconds. They call this a "hangover effect" of driving "intexticated."
AAA would like to remind everyone stay aware of your surroundings while you're driving and gave the following tips:
· Put it away. Place your mobile device out of sight to prevent temptation.
· Know where you’re going. If using a navigation system, program the destination before driving.
· Pull over. If you must call or text while on the road, pull off the road safely and stop first.
· Ask passengers for help. If riding with someone, seek their help to navigate, make a call or send a message.
· Be a good passenger. Speak out if the driver of your vehicle is distracted.
· Don’t be a distraction. Avoid calling or texting others when you know they are driving.
· Activate Do Not Disturb. Setting up this feature on iPhone or Android device will prevent calls from coming in while you’re driving.
· Everyone should prevent being intexticated. Just as drivers need to pay attention, so do pedestrians and bicyclists. Never call, text or play games while walking or cycling near a roadway.