Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us that every day, about nine people lose their lives in auto accidents involving a distracted driver. In 2015 alone, those numbers were nearly right on the money as 3,477 people were killed by distracted driving.
In this issue, we’ll talk more about defining distracted driving and its consequences as well as talk about how you can fight against this deadly problem.
What is distracted driving?
Let’s face it, most cars and trucks these days are outfitted with more and more technology to entertain drivers and passengers. And distracted driving is just that: any sort of activity that diverts your attention away from driving.
- Talking or texting on your phone
- Adjusting your stereo or navigation system
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Using or reaching for devices that have been brought into the vehicle
- Talking and interacting with other passengers
A long 27 seconds
New research from AAA has confirmed a delayed reaction among distracted drivers. For drivers who have just put down their phone or finished adjusting the stereo or navigation system, it took an average of 27 seconds before the driver became fully engaged with driving their vehicle.
What’s being done about distracted driving?
Many states (46) have enacted laws that ban activity like texting while driving. As of June of this year, 14 states and the District of Columbia banned drivers from using hand-held phones.
Also, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has banned commercial vehicle drivers from texting while driving.
How can I avoid distracted driving?
There are actually a number of things you can do to cut down on the chances of distractions leading to you being involved in an accident.
- Do not use cell phones – handheld or hands-free – except in cases of absolute emergency
- Store securely anything that could roll around in the vehicle while in use
- Before getting underway, make your adjustments to your climate controls, mirrors. GPS, seats, etc.
- Finish all your personal grooming at home or in the office before you get on the road
- Put aside all electronic distractions before pulling onto the road
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