Driving: It Pays to Pay Attention

April 12, 2018

There are a lot of reasons to take driving seriously, and yet so many drivers these days are distracted.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and we wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that safe driving is an activity that requires constant focus. Distractions come in many forms – a backseat temper tantrum, a messy burger-on-the-go, a phone call from your boss – but they’re all dangerous, and nobody can really multitask as well as they think they can (or, arguably, at all).

Distracted driving kills an average of nine people in the US every day. The sad truth is that these deaths are completely preventable, but only if we all drive responsibly. Of all distractions, cell phones are by far our worst enemy: texting while driving leads to over 1.6 million motor vehicle crashes every year and is the reason for one out of every four collisions. Many organizations don’t even call them “accidents” anymore – because they’re not.

In Washington state, the use of any handheld electronic device is illegal, even while stopped in traffic or at a red light. Other types of distraction, such as eating, drinking, and grooming, can also be ticketed if they cause dangerous driving. These tickets, referred to as e-DUIs, are reportable to insurance companies and will raise your rates just like a speeding ticket or other moving violation will.

Please respect the lives of your passengers and everyone else sharing the road by removing distractions while you drive. At the least, it will save you money on car insurance. At the most, it will save lives.