AAA: Distracted Driving Alert and Tips

A photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows a Ford Taurus involved in a crash in Waverly, Ind., Wednesday evening that killed four Brownsburg, Ind. teenagers. The four died Wednesday evening when their car crossed a median on a state highway near Indianapolis and struck a minivan, Indiana State Police said. FIve others, including a fifth passenger in the Taurus and a family of four in the minivan, were taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. (Indiana State Police via AP)

DEARBORN, Mich. (WLNS) – A recent survey from AAA’s Consumer Pulse Survey suggested texting while driving was the biggest concern of Michigan drivers.

95% of people surveyed said that they were worried about people texting at the wheel. This concern was followed by driving while tired, grooming and talking on their phone.

These fears may not be unreasonable, as data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that in 2014, distracted driving was the reason for 10 percent of deaths and 18 percent of injuries due to car crashes.

In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA says to get back to the basics and “Just Drive.” They have also released 5 tips to prevent texting while driving:

  • Silence your cell phone: Just turn off or silence it before getting behind the wheel
  • Ask for Help: If possible, have a passenger handle texting, calling or using the GPS
  • Concentrate on your commute: Ask friends and family not to text or call you during your commuting hours
  • Hide your phone: Put your phone in your glove compartment or trunk until you’ve reached your destination
  • Download a safety app: According to AAA, there are many safety apps that can discourage texting while driving

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