April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

What is Distracted Driving?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention from the primary task of driving. Any kind of distraction endangers not only the driver but their passengers, bystanders, and other drivers. Here are a few common distractions.

· Texting

· Using a cell phone or smart phone

· Eating and/or drinking

· Talking to passengers

· Grooming

· Reading, including maps

· Using a GPS

· Watching a video

· Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

All distractions can be potentially dangerous. However, texting is by far the most dangerous.  That's because text messaging causes visual, cognitive, and manual distractions.  Looking at your phone is the visual distraction, texting takes your hand(s) off the wheel and is the manual distraction, and thinking about what you are texting is the cognitive distraction.

Responsible drivers try to reduce as many distractions as they can. Some studies have shown that a driver texting can travel the length of a football field at 55 mph without even looking up.

The City of Roseville Fire Department encourages drivers to be fully attentive whenever behind the wheel. Drive Now, Text L8R