We’ve all seen it. You’re driving down the road see someone swerving back in forth in their lane. When you pass them, you notice that the driver is typing away on their phone.
Distracted driving is an epidemic that has gained a lot of popularity over the past decade, largely due to the increase in the amount of people texting. Yet, distracted driving qualifies as anything that prevents the driver from giving their full attention to operating a vehicle.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 16% of all fatal collisions are caused by distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also conducted a study and reported that nine people are killed, and more than 1,153 are injured every day because of distracted driving.
Here are the most common distractions:
- Using your phone
- Using a GPS or Navigation System
Texting, and checking emails are the most dangerous instances of distracted driving because they include the three biggest facets of being distracted. When you text or email while driving, you’re taking your eyes, hands, and mind off the road and steering wheel.
What can you do?
Put your phone down. You might want to consider placing it in your glove compartment for the duration of your drive. Now that you can’t see it light up or vibrate, you won’t be as tempted to check it. Remember that any text message or notification can wait until you reach your destination.
If you’re on a long and boring road trip, you might be even more tempted to check your phone. Remember that even when looking at your phone for just five seconds, if you’re traveling at 55 mph- is like driving the length of a football field with a blindfold on.
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