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04-01-16

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Watch the news on any given evening and you might hear stories like “The Dangers of GMOs” or “What’s in Your Dinner Tonight Might Just Kill You.” Now hopefully what was in your dinner tonight did not actually end up killing you, but we’re at a point in our society where we have become hyper-aware of every single health hazard or endangerment of our well being.

People protest pesticides, consumerism, and animal rights. They march for positive body image, equal wages, and religious freedom, and rightfully so. When people feel that their rights or their life are in danger, they try to take action and do something about it. One cause that doesn’t receive nearly enough attention is distracted driving, and the explanation as to why is simple.

Although distracted driving is responsible for around 5,000 deaths every year according toAAAFoundation.com, there are no social movements, protests or marches dedicated to fixing the problem. To us here at Simpson Buick GMC of Buena Park, your preferred new GMC dealer in Buena Park, California, the reason is clear. Nobody is standing up against one of the most common killers of teen drivers in America because almost everyone has been guilty of distracted driving at some point in their lives and many drive while distracted on a daily basis.

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Curing an Epidemic

According to Distraction.gov, 10% of all new drivers (15-19 years old) who experienced accidents were reported as distracted at the time of the collision. Even worse, 2 percent of drivers on the road at any time are text messaging or using handheld devices. This means that when you are driving on the highway at exceptional speeds, 2 out of every 100 drivers are distracted from the road at any moment and endangering all other drivers on the road.

According to CDC.gov, an astonishing 243,243 American teens were treated in emergency departments for injuries stemming from auto accidents in 2013 alone. This is not a small problem as it takes thousands of lives and sends hundreds of thousands of people to the hospital with injuries every year, and it isn’t one that is going away any time soon as more and more people who are attached to their cell phones begin driving.

What needs to happen is a widespread movement to end this type of damaging behavior. To this end, Buick and GMC have been installing systems such as Bluetooth hands-free calling and texting and voice-activated audio streaming into their vehicles. Although it is by no means a comprehensive solution to the distracted driving epidemic, it is a step in the right direction as it encourages drivers to keep their eyes and attention on the road instead of their phones.

distracted-driving-reminder

Models like the 2016 GMC Acadia and the 2016 Buick Cascada are helping their owners stay connected to the world around them while also supporting attentive, careful driving. Additional safety features such as lane departure warning, forward collision alert and blind zone alert are valuable safeguards, but again, nothing can protect a driver more than aware and alert driving habits.

Looking away from the road even for a second can be the difference between you arriving home safely and waking up in a hospital with terrible injuries. The text can wait. Stay alert when behind the wheel for yourself and for the drivers around you.

Test Drive One of the Safest Vehicles on the Road at Simpson Buick GMC of Buena Park

If safety is a priority for you, then you will feel right at home at Simpson Buick GMC of Buena Park where we have a variety of extremely safe used GMCs for sale in Buena Park, California. We are proud to support the movement to end distracted driving, so stop by our store located at 6600 Auto Center Drive, Buena Park, California 90621 to pick out your new Buick today.

Sources:

https://www.aaafoundation.org/distracted-driving

http://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html

Graphic:

http://www.infographicszone.com/transportation/distracted-driving-statistics-2012-infographic


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