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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

It’s probably been quite a few years since you first learned to drive and tested for your driver’s license. Since then, cars, traffic and technology have changed, and so have you. Distractions from cellphones, talking to passengers and even sometimes grooming yourself may be activities that put you and your family at risk.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have designated the month of April to highlight the dangers of distracted driving. They have a website called Distraction.gov that is full of resources, statistics and calls to encourage distraction-free driving. The site also shares stories, mostly heart-breaking, about devastating but preventable traffic accidents and their consequences.

At AARP, we also have a call to action. Our Driver Safety program helps you look for the closest driving course near your location, sign up for an online course and volunteer to either teach or promote one of these courses. We also give you tips on car accessibility for your loved ones, potential medications’ side effects while driving and assessing if you need an updated vision prescription. Another advantage for taking one of our Driver Safety courses is that you may save money on your car insurance.

Despite the monetary incentives, there should be no other reason to focus on safe driving than you and your family’s health and well-being. Remember that AARP strives to serve you, your family and your community so that everyone can live a better life by protecting your interests and ensuring that your voice is heard when needed.

Learn more about our Driver Safety program in English and en espaƱol and check if your car is safe using our CarFit guide.

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