Distracted driving is a growing epidemic. Are you or someone you know driving distracted? Do you know the dangers it imposes?
- Talking on the phone, regardless if it’s a hands-free device
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting music devices, such as Ipods, the radio or a CD player
- Using a navigation system
These are all instances of driving distracted. You put not only your life but other’s lives at at stake when you drive distracted. Here are 5 alarming statistics:
- 10% of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the highest percentage of distracted drivers.
- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
- Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
- A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.
Unfortuneatley, being in a car accident is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. Even if you are doing everything right, someone else isn’t.
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