Spring is here, and with it comes April’s designation as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While the changing seasons and blooming flowers might tempt you to take your eyes off the road, it’s crucial to remember that distracted driving is a serious year-round threat.

The Alarming Stats:

Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) paint a concerning picture:

  • In 2020, 9.4% of all fatal crashes in the United States involved distracted drivers.
  • A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash than driving undistracted.

These numbers highlight the severity of distracted driving and its potential to cause devastating accidents.

Why Does it Matter for the AICC?

For members of the AICC, a self-insured workers’ compensation program offered by NARFA, distracted driving accidents involving employees can lead to claims. This can have a ripple effect, impacting:

  • Injured Employees: Accidents can cause serious injuries and emotional distress, leading to medical bills and lost productivity.
  • The AICC Program: Workers’ compensation claims can strain program resources, potentially impacting future premiums for member institutions.
  • Overall Workplace Wellbeing: Accidents affect not just the injured employee but also their colleagues and the overall morale of the workplace.

Staying Focused on the Road:

Here at NARFA and the AICC, we are committed to promoting a safe work environment for all. This extends beyond the physical workplace and onto the roads our members travel. Here are some practical tips to keep you focused and avoid distracted driving:

  • Silence the Distractions: Put your phone on silent mode and store it away in the glove compartment or a place out of reach.
  • Focus on the Drive: Avoid multitasking while driving. Eating, applying makeup, or fiddling with the radio can all divert your attention.
  • Utilize Voice Commands: If you need to make a call or use your navigation system, hands-free functions can help minimize distractions.
  • Plan Your Route: Familiarize yourself with the route before you head out to avoid distractions while looking at maps.
  • Be Patient & Courteous: Leave ample following distance, avoid aggressive driving, and remember everyone is trying to get to their destination safely.

Together, Let’s Make Every Month Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

By practicing safe driving habits, you can protect yourself, your fellow drivers, and the stability of our group and our association. A focused and attentive driver is the best defense against distracted driving accidents.

NARFA and the AICC is committed to a safe and healthy environment for all members. Contact us today to learn more about resources and programs we offer!

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