The Dangers of Distracted Driving

The innovation of texting, calling, e-mailing via mobile, GPS navigation, and web browsing was initially created to benefit our lives. Its main purpose was convenience. Technology transferred the common uses of a computer onto a cell phone, creating an almost entirely mobile society. Most automakers have started integrating this technology (also referred to as infotainment centers) into our cars. While these communication mediums may be beneficial when you are walking around town, it creates considerable hazards behind the wheel. There are multiple dangers of distracted driving, and that puts you, your passengers, and other motorists in danger.

According to the Pew Research Center, 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. The use of a mobile device while driving puts you at FOUR times the risk of getting into a serious car accident.

Engaging in other activities takes your attention away from the primary task of driving. The length of time you look at your phone while driving does not make you less susceptible to danger. A quick glance is enough to cause a major accident. Engaging in any activity that is distracting takes your mind away from driving. In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration surveyed a population of individuals between the age of 18 and 34. According to the survey, individuals between 18 and 20 report the highest level of phone involvement (13%) at the time of a crash.

The average time a driver takes their eyes off the road for is 4.6 seconds. In that amount of time, you could travel the length of a football field. In 2010, 18% of crashes were linked to distracted driving. Drivers can diminish their susceptibility to accidents by avoiding distracting behaviors while behind the wheel.

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