Distracted Driving Awareness Month

It's Distracted Driving Awareness Month and at Tom Ahl Hyundai, we want to encourage all drivers to keep their eyes on the road and their hands-free from distractions. According to the National Security Council, more than 40,000 people were killed on nation's roadways last year. The major contributor was distracted driving.

The good news is there is a solution to prevent this. Future deaths can be 100% avoided. Cell phones, eating food, dashboard infotainment systems, and other items pose a threat to our safety. It only takes one second of your attention to change a life forever.

Ways to Prevent Distracted Driving

We live in a world where our attention can be pulled into so many directions. However, when behind a motor vehicle, all the focus belongs on the road. You are driving around tons of steel and metal that can turn lethal if you are doing something illegal on the road. We have some tips to practice safe driving.

  • Cell Phone: Most smartphones come with a do not disturb option. Turn it on before you start driving. You can also silence your phone, or turn it off. Remember, any message can wait! If it is very important, safely pull off the road into a parking lot of spot to use your phone.
  • Eating Food: Snacking or having a meal while driving may be easy if you're short on time. However, this is keeping on hand on the wheel which is not best driving practices. Instead, snack or eat before you start driving, or wait until you've reached your final destinations. You can savor the food even more!
  • This is considered distracted driving because your cognition is impaired. There is no excuse to do this and get behind the wheel. If you know you're going to be drinking, ask someone to be the destinated driver or call a cab.
  • Infotainment System: Changing music, skimming through applications, and other features included on infotainment monitors can avert your eyes from the road. Voice commands can help if your vehicle is equipped with it. You can use the monitor and voice commands only if the vehicle is not in motion (such as at a red light) and is safe.

We hope you'll remember these tips and apply them to your daily routine. We value our residents and shoppers. Our goal is to encourage all to engage in defensive driving. Please contact us at (888) 263-9037 if you have any questions.

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