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Are You Driving Distraction-Free?

Posted on 05/02/24

 

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Distracted driving unfortunately continues to be a big issue on our roads. According to the most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) data from 2021, 13% of reported motor vehicle crashes were the result of distracted driving. With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a good time to evaluate your driving habits. These useful tips and resources from AARP Driver Safety will help you eliminate distractions and stay safe when behind the wheel.

 
PUT DOWN THE PHONE
Using your phone while driving makes you four times more likely to get in a car crash. Silence your phone completely and stow it out of sight.

GET A PROPER FIT
There's more to safe driving than how you drive. The CarFit® program can show you how having the proper fit inside your vehicle can make a big difference and help protect you and those around you. Learn more at www.car-fit.org.

RESTRAIN YOUR PET
Not only is a crate or harness a great way to protect your pet in the event of a crash, but it also prevents distractions while behind the wheel.

SEE HOW YOU DRIVE
The free AARP SafeTrip™ app lets you securely monitor and analyze your driving behaviors while rewarding your safe driving. Users earn double for a score above 85 through April 29. To download the app or learn more, visit www.aarp.org/safetrip.

 REFRESH YOUR DRIVING SKILLS AND SAVE
Become a safer and more confident driver with the AARP Smart Driver™ course. Plus, you could earn a multiyear discount on auto insurance!* Save 25% during Distracted Driving Awareness Month with promo code DDA. To learn more or register, visit www.aarpdriversafety.org.

 * Upon completion, you may be eligible to receive an auto insurance discount. Other restrictions may apply. Consult your agent for details.

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