Break The Silence To End Distracted Driving

If you noticed someone - a parent, friend, sibling or acquaintance - distracted driving, would you say something?

According to a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 90% of the 6,000 drivers polled said they felt that distracted driving was very unsafe. However, only one-third of those respondents between the ages of 18-24 claimed they would say something if they were in a car with a driver who was using their cellphone.

With so many laws, tips and resources - such as helpful smartphone apps - in place to fight against distracted driving, what more could you be doing as a passenger?

The solution is a simple one: if you see something, say something.

Nine people die every day in the United States from driving while distracted (DMV). Don't let that be you. Take the pledge to end distracted driving today. And if you're in the car with a driver who just can't seem to keep their eyes on the road, SPEAK UP! Together, we can make the roadways a safer place.

Below are some tips to help you speak up:

Make a Suggestion - "I've noticed you've been checking your phone a lot. Would you mind putting it down while I'm in the car with you?"
Tell Them Straight - "Let's pull over and eat at the park so we can chill and enjoy our food."
Do Something - Offer to finish a text for them.
Make it a Big Deal - "Texting and driving is not cool. Pay attention to the road or I'm going to have to find someone else to carpool with."
Take a Stance - Don't get in the car with anyone who actively engages in distracted driving.

Did you know?

  • Eight in 10 teens say that if a friend told them their driving behavior made their friend feel uncomfortable, they would listen. 
  • Nearly 70% of teens say they have a lot or some influence to stop their friends from driving recklessly when they are a passenger. 
  • Four in 10 teens say that in the past six months they have been in a situation when they felt concerned that a friend's driving behavior put them at risk as a passenger. 
  • Nearly 80% of teens call the issue of youth reckless driving prevention extremely important to them personally.

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