The Dangers of Texting and Other Driving Distractions
It only takes a couple seconds to look down and read a text message, but that small window of time can mean the difference between making your commute safely and being involved in an accident. In 2014, the Cellular Telephone Industries Association reported that 431,000 individuals were injured in motor vehicle accidents that involved a distracted driver – the most common distraction? Texting.
Contrary to popular belief, this issue is not unique to the teens of today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers in their 20s account for the 38 percent of distracted drivers who were using their cell phones in a fatal collision.
Tips to Help You Focus on the Road
Ideally, cell phones should be used in emergency situations only. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to make a phone call or send an important text message, pull over to the side of the road. Apart from texting, there are a wide range of distractions that can cause drivers to lose focus.
Some ways to reduce distractions while driving include:
- Limit the number of passengers: Driving in a car that’s filled to capacity can increase your risk of being distracted while behind the wheel. You can easily get caught up in focusing on your friends’ conversation instead of on the road.
- Avoid eating while driving: In the current hustle and bustle of today, it can be tempting to grab food on the go and eat while driving, but food spills are a big cause of distraction. Make time to eat your meal at home or while your car is parked.
- No multi-tasking: It’s surprising the type of multi-tasking drivers will try to get done while on their commute – applying makeup, searching for good music, and making phone calls are all tasks that should be done before starting your car.
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