Did you know that nine people are killed every day in the US from distracted driving? And according to distraction.gov, 27 percent of distracted drivers are in their twenties.
To make young drivers more aware of the dangers of distracted driving, QuoteWizard is offering a $500 Safe Driver Scholarship. In order to be eligible, applicants must be attending college in 2016 and have a valid driver's license.
To apply, candidates should explain how they would create a social awareness campaign to reduce distracted driving. Applicants can share their campaign through whatever medium they want, whether that's a written essay, video, or another creative method. QuoteWizard will choose a winner based on originality.
Make sure to include the following in your application:
- Name--What will you name your campaign?
- Problem--Pick a specific distracted driving issue and explain how it affects your community.
- Solution--How will you fix the problem and raise awareness?
Candidates can submit their entry to Scholarship@QuoteWizard.com. Get started soon! The application deadline is September 15, 2016.
"At QuoteWizard, we're committed to reducing the number of needless car accidents that happen every day," says Kuba Poraj-Kuczewski, QuoteWizard’s vice president of product and marketing. "We're hoping the launch of the Safe Driver Scholarship will bring awareness to how dangerous distracted driving is, especially for young people."
Why are teens so high-risk? Even without taking distracted driving into account, teens are less experienced drivers. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for teens. And distracted driving is to blame for 10 percent of the fatal accidents for drivers 15 to 19 years old.
Moreover, if you've been in an accident caused by distracted driving, you'll almost always see a spike in your car insurance rates. This can happen even if you weren't the one who was driving while distracted. That's why it's so important to get the word out about the consequences of distracted driving. It affects everyone, including those who stay focused when they're on the road.
Another way your insurance can increase? If you're pulled over for texting and driving illegally. Driving and using your cell phone is not only deadly, in some states it's illegal. Fourteen states have completely banned hand-held cell phone use, and 44 states have banned texting and driving.
If that's not enough to stop you from using your phone when you're on the road, consider this: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that using a cell phone while driving is as bad as getting behind the wheel drunk. Chatting on your cell phone can put you in as much risk as getting in the driver's seat with a .08 percent blood alcohol level.
But distracted driving doesn't only refer to texting or talking while on the road. It can include anything from fixing your makeup, eating, listening to music, playing Pokémon Go, or even talking to passengers in the car.
Want to help? One of the best ways to prevent these kind of accidents is to speak up and spread the word.
Don't let your friends and family become a statistic. Create awareness about the risks of driving while distracted and share your campaign with us.
To learn more about the Safe Driver Scholarship, visit Quotewizard.com