LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- April is distracted driving awareness month and vehicle accidents are a huge issue for Kentucky.
In 2013 there were more than 52,500 collisions Kentucky accidents due to distracted driving, causing 9,000 injuries and 163 fatalities.
Ford Motor Company is part of an automotive industry push to give drivers an extra reminder to stay focused on the roads.
Sharon Rengers from Safe Kids Louisville and Karen Wheeler from Byerly Ford show the anti-distracted driving technology Ford calls MyKey.
The best way to avoid being distracted while driving:
Don't ever text and drive. Have a message on your phone that tells people you are driving and will call back later. Text messages makes a crash 23 times more likely.
If you are using a GPS enter your destination and review in advance before driving
Focus on driving. Stop eating, drinking, grooming or any other activity that takes your mind off driving.
Shifting your eyes to the rear view mirror every 5-8 seconds will focus your brain on driving. This forces the brain to concentrate.
Have a passenger make a call or answer a text if urgent.
The technology Ford's MyKey offers to end distracted driving:
Sounds a chime and mutes the audio system until a belt is buckled up.
Limits the vehicle's top speed to 80 MPH,
Limits the radio to 45% of maximum volume.
Routes incoming calls directly to voicemail.
To learn more about Safe Kids Louisville, CLICK HERE.
To watch a video of all the features of Ford's MyKey technology, CLICK HERE.
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