April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. NSC wants to empower you to put safety first and Just Drive.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Share the message!
Create awareness in your workplace, your home or your community by sharing the distracted driving message. Lead a safety meeting or toolbox talk with all employees on the topic of distracted driving. NSC offers infographics, a poster, a fact sheet and a number of social media-friendly graphics.
When you share the Distracted Driving message on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #JustDrive on all your posts, shares, and retweets.
Pledge to Drive Cell Free
You can pledge to your children, to your loved ones, to your co-workers and to yourself that you will be an attentive driver. Share the pledge on social media if you’d like. Encourage your family members, your co-workers and your employees to take the pledge also.
Sign Up To Receive the Focus on the Drive e-Newsletter
Stay on top of the distracted driving issue all year long by signing up for the Focus on the Drive e-Newsletter. If knowledge is power, then Focus on the Drive, a quarterly newsletter from the National Safety Council, can put you, your family, your employees, and your business in the driver’s seat.
Each issue is packed with the latest research and trends, legislative updates, impact stories, best practices for employers, tips on how to protect your family, links to toolkits and sharable content, ways to advocate for change, and upcoming observances and events
Whether you’re looking to protect your workers, convince someone else of the dangers, keep your family safe, or just make a difference, this is the best way to stay connected. It’s also a great way to be reminded to schedule a quarterly safety meeting on the topic of distracted driving.
Employers: Download the Free Cell Phone Policy Kit
Employers have realized the dangers of cell phone use while driving and are taking action by passing policies to prevent cell phone distracted driving. The National Safety Council recommends policies that prohibit both hands-free and handheld devices and apply to all employees. Learn the facts by downloading The Free Cell Phone Policy Kit.
This kit helps employers reduce crash risk and has all the materials you need to build leadership support in your organization for a cell phone policy and communicate to employees the crash risks and need for a policy.
Learn More About Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The NSC offers many more resources that you can utilize for your company to promote Distracted Driving Awareness. Visit nsc.org to find videos, articles, statistics, facts, online courses and many other ways you and your company can engage in the important message of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Distracted driving incidents can increase one’s insurance rates by as much as 41%. The Simple Dollar has put together a guide that aims to alleviate these risks by breaking down methods to prevent distracted driving and dealing with the impact it can have on insurance rates. Learn more about The Potential Costs of Distracted Driving.
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