Have you ever been distracted while driving? Chances are you have. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention away from the primary task of driving, which can include texting, using a cell phone, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, using navigation, talking to passengers, tending to your children in the backseat and much more. Distracted driving can have tragic repercussions and anyone can be the victim, or the perpetrator.
In early October 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that traffic deaths rose 10.4% in the first half of 2016 over 2015! This translates to 1,665 more deaths than last year. With traffic death increases of 7% in 2015 over 2014 as well, the overall trend emergence is clear.
The following are some additional, and alarming distracted driving statistics which are contributing to these overall traffic fatalities:
Did you know the average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds? If traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field. If you’re taking your eyes off the road for the length of a football field, minor car damage is the least of your worries; Legal penalties, major injuries and even death can occur.
However, it’s not all bad news. Many states are making an effort to keep the roadways safe by minimizing distracted driving through putting different laws in place which limit cell phone usage and more. Each state has their own distracted driving laws, as may your town or city, so make sure you are aware of the laws in your area before you hit the road.
Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving
While it may seem like an insurmountable feat to avoid distracted driving, here are some tips you can employ to avoid the biggest offenders:
In addition, we recently shared some other cell phone safety tips. Do your best to use common sense and stay safe: if it takes your eyes off the road, don’t do it! Stay safe, drivers.