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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Did you know that 40 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have been a passenger in a car that was driven by a teen driver using a cellphone in a dangerous way?* This type of distracted driving is not only practiced by almost 25 percent of teen drivers but quadruples the risk of crashing according to www.teendriversource.org.

To help shed light on this unfortunate trend, the Department of Transportation has declared April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To do our part to increase awareness, we’ve rounded up a few of our past blog posts below.

Do Dashboard Restrictions Diminish Distracted Driving?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called for automakers to stop equipping vehicles with entertainment and navigation systems in order to combat distracted driving. Are tougher restrictions and distracted driving laws on the horizon?

Avoid Distracted Driving and Arrive Accident Free

There are many distractions while driving that call for your attention. We explored five of the most common causes for distracted driving and provided suggestions on how to avoid them.

3 Ways Parents Can Reduce Distracted Driving

Some people think that teens are more prone to distracted driving, but it’s really parents who need to be alert of their own driving behaviors. Guest Blogger Kristin Varela of MotherProof.com offers her suggestions for cutting down on bad driving habits.

Disable Your Cell Phone While Driving

If you simply can’t keep your hands off your phone while the car is in motion, there are technologies available to help curb your bad habits. We reviewed a couple of services available that disable your cellphone while your car is in motion.

While multi-tasking becomes more and more of a daily routine, finding ways to curb distracted driving is a higher priority. What are some of your tips for tuning out distractions while on the road?

* U.S. Dept. of Transportation
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