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How to Reduce Distracted Driving

How to Reduce Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a leading cause of work zone incidents. Here’s how you can help reduce the rate.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a month of national recognition for a growing problem in the United States. Many vehicle crashes are the result of distracted driving, which can be easily prevented. Distracted driving can encompass everything from fatigue to road rage to texting to mere carelessness on the road. While this impacts drivers, it also can impact road workers. Below is more info on this matter as it relates to work zones and how you can reduce distracted driving. 

Maryland’s Statistics

According to Maryland.gov, Maryland’s work zone crash statistics have been concerning. 2016-2020 saw the following results:

  • 7,704 work zone-related crashes
  • 46 fatalities
  • 3,263 injuries
  • 50% of fatalities in work zone crashes are motorists 
  • 33% of work zone crashes involve rear-end collisions
  • Distracted driving is a leading cause of work zone incidents

How to Reduce Distracted Driving

Read Your Road Map

Distractions can come in all forms. One way to stay focused on the road is to know your route before you go. Look at your road map online or on a physical map, and use a GPS if necessary. Confident driving will help you limit distractions like looking for an unfamiliar street sign and checking the map while driving.

Take a Walk

April 6, 2022, is National Walking Day, a day to remember and enjoy the benefits of taking a walk. Walking, one of the most natural forms of physical exercise, is one way to help you get from point A to point B. If you have a chance, take a walk to your local store and enjoy the health benefits.

Invest in Your Health

Speaking of health, one should also invest in good mental and physical health. Do not drive under strong emotions and stay calm on the road. Be sure to eat well, stay hydrated, and sleep well to prevent fatigue or fainting while operating a vehicle. When you feel well, you can drive better.

Slow Down

Good driving practices are worth it! Remember to stay alert, slow down around work zones, and avoid speeding and tailgating. Along with distracted driving, speeding and following too close behind were the other two top causes of work zone-related crashes. 

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2410 Evergreen Road
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA
Serving Maryland's Commercial & Residential Builders & Developers Since 1928 Introduction Reliable Contracting Company, Inc. maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland's roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.
2410 Evergreen Road, Suite 200
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA