Distracted Driving Awareness

Distracted driving causes thousands of wrecks every year, resulting in expensive vehicle repairs and, sometimes, injuries and deaths. These costs are fully avoidable with responsible driving behavior. View the video for more statistics and information.

 

 

Every year, April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and organizations like the National Safety Council, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas Department of Transportation and others use the opportunity to focus on the dangers of distracted driving and offer information, tools and resources to raise awareness and try to make an impact on Texans to stay alert on Texas roads. Distracted driving is a problem all year, however.

Many of ICT's member companies participate in awareness campaigns and promote safe driving habits. Below are a few of those company's initiatives.

State Farm has a resource page: Driving Distractions and How to Avoid Them

Allstate’s Safe Driving webpage has tips for safer driving and videos about distracted driving.

Farmers Insurance’s distracted driving page has a wealth of information about the distracted driver’s brain.

USAA’s webpage on distracted driving has 10 deadly driving distractions to avoid.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. has their “Travelers Risk Index” as well as infographics and other materials.

Nationwide Insurance’s Paul Farrell wrote an article for CPCU Society Insights: “Distracted Driving: Moving Beyond Policy to Process and Performance

Progressive’s distracted driving page has infographics and information about how drivers claim to be good at distracted driving.

Geico’s interactive distracted driving page is a dynamic presentation of information and facts, including a quiz on distracted driving.

Chubb has a resource page with information about the different types of distracted driving.

State Auto has “Facts, stats and scare tactics” about distracted driving.

ICT Member Company AAA coined the slogan “Don’t Drive Intexticated” for their Public Service Announcements. See the “Mom” version here and the “Dad” version here. Visit AAA's Distracted Driving resource page for more information. 

State and national safety organizations also participate in distracted driving awareness efforts. See below for more information from these groups.

The Texas Department of Transportation runs its own Distracted Driving campaign, and offers information and links to the various advertisements and public service announcements targeted at Texans that are available to be shared. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has facts and information, a video detailing the dangers of distracted driving and a wealth of other information on the topic.

The National Safety Council has resources to share on social media, information for employers, and offers a “pledge” drivers can take to remain focused.

 

Distracted Driving on the Job – Employers Should Care

 

Driver distractions cost the U.S. economy $3.58 billion each month, according to a Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study. As part of their efforts to protect employees and their finances, many employers are implementing corporate cell phone and texting bans. There is good reason for such a policy.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), employers are being held liable for up to $25 million for employee crashes, even when employees are using hands-free devices. Having a distracted driving policy in place doesn’t just make good safety sense; it makes good business sense.

The cell phone usage and texting bans mos"Distat often provide that employees:

  • must turn off or use “do not disturb” settings on cell phones before turning on vehicles.
  • are allowed to disconnect from co-workers and clients while behind the wheel and may only return calls when no longer driving.

Below are some helpful distracted driving resources for businesses:

Travelers Indemnity Company's 2019 Distracted Driving for Businesses

Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation Occupational Driving Safety Resources

Always remember, Safety First!

 

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