There is no easy way of putting this: distracted driving kills. Any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the road could lead to an accident. As a result, the safety of the driver, passengers, and others on the road is at risk. Common distractions include:
- Using a cell phone
- Drinking and/or eating
- Talking to passengers
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting a radio
- Watching a video
While all of these distractions can be dangerous, it is important to note that texting is by far the most alarming. The reason for this is simple: it requires the visual and cognitive attention of the driver, often forcing him or her to take their eyes off the road for an extended period of time.
Facts are Facts
If you don’t believe that distracted driving is a major safety concern, consider these facts:
- 11 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in a fatal accident were distracted at the time.
- According to NOPUS, at any given daylight moment in the United States, roughly 660,000 drivers are using an electronic device, such as a cell phone, while driving.
- Any task associated with the use of an electronic device, including a cell phone, increases the risk of an accident by three times.
- Texting while driving takes the driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. When driving at 55 miles per hour, this is the equivalent of a football field (100 yards).
The best way to fight against distracted driving is through the education of drivers. Now that you are aware of how dangerous this can be, based on cold hard facts, you should understand that this is a mistake no matter how you look at it.
March is distracted driver’s month. Do whatever it takes to cut this out of your life, while also educating others on the dangers of this activity.