SOUTHLAKE, Texas (April 20, 2016)
- Driving while distracted is extremely risky behavior that puts drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists in danger. Focused attention on driving helps to prevent crashes overall.
In an effort to spread awareness and reduce the incidence of distracted driving, Coach-Net, a trusted recreational vehicle (RV) industry partner for nearly 30 years, is offering its support of Distracted Driving Awareness Month throughout the month of April by encouraging the RVing public and other motorists to put their cell phones away while driving.
“Any type of behavior that draws a motorist’s attention away from driving is dangerous, yet this issue continues to be a national problem that deserves serious awareness,” said David Ostlund, president of Coach-Net. “The most alarming distraction is texting, which requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, but other types of distracted driving are also highly problematic. As part of our commitment to peace-of-mind while on the road, we’re strongly encouraging all drivers to put the phone down and focus on driving – not only this month, but all the time.”
The following facts on distracted driving, compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation, further illustrate the seriousness of this issue:
• In 2014, distraction-affected crashes resulted in 3,179 fatalities
across the U.S.
• That same year, an estimated 431,000 people nationwide were injured
in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
• The percentage of drivers who text-message or visibly manipulate handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent
in 2013 to 2.2 percent
• At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers
are using an electronic device while driving
• Five seconds
is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph
, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field.
• A 2015 Erie Insurance distracted driving survey reported that one-third of drivers
admitted to texting while driving, and three-quarters
said they’ve seen others do it.
Embracing this important cause and recognizing the need for change, Coach-Net offers the following additional safety tips for drivers:
• Commit your full attention to driving.
Avoid multitasking when you’re behind the wheel, it can cause you to miss important information from the roadway environment.
• Handle distracting tasks when the vehicle is in park.
This includes texting, e-mailing, phone calls, personal grooming, manual operation of vehicle systems and other related distractions are also included.
• Plan meals accordingly.
Avoid eating and drinking while driving; instead, pull over and stop in a parking lot or rest area. If it’s not possible to do so, at the very least, avoid messy foods that are particularly likely to cause spills and unwanted distractions.
• Secure any cargo before driving.
Children, pets, groceries and even loose change can be distracting if it’s all over the place while you’re driving. If children or pets should need your attention while driving, pull off the road where you can safely deal with them.
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month was first established through a resolution authored by former U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a 410-2 vote on March 23, 2010. For more information, visit the U.S. Government’s website
or the National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month website.
Since 1987, the Coach-Net brand has built a reputation throughout the RV industry as a leading provider of 24/7 RV technical and emergency roadside assistance, dedicated to meeting the demands of RV travelers throughout the United States and Canada. Through the Coach-Net Protect Suite of products, dealer partners are able to provide RV purchasers peace-of-mind protection on their RV investment. The Coach-Net Protect Suite offers emergency roadside assistance, extended warranty service, GAP, tire and wheel, and paint and fabric protection exclusively through the F&I offices of participating dealers across the nation. For more information, visit www.Coach-Net.com