The Impact of Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving is defined as any activity that takes your mind or eyes off of the road or your hands off of the steering wheel. Driving is an activity that requires full attention, as a moment of distraction can lead to unintended and dangerous consequences. There is always a lag in response time between a driver’s thoughts and any corresponding vehicle movement so sudden maneuvers, especially in larger and/or faster moving vehicles, are more likely to result in an accident.
Common distractions include:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Answering e-mails on a smart phone
- Reading a map or newspaper
- Applying makeup
- Using a GPS devise
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking to a passenger
Talking on a cell phone has been compared to driving while under the influence; a University of Utah study showed that talking on a cell phone has a greater effect on reaction time than having a blood alcohol level of .08. When a driver is talking on a cell phone, it is like viewing the roadway with blinders on. The distracted driver may be unaware of changing roadway conditions and can miss seeing up to 50% of their surroundings.
According to an AAA study, drivers talking on a cell phone are four times more likely to be involved in a vehicle crash as drivers who are not distracted. In 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one in five crashes (18%) in which someone was injured involved distracted driving. Don't become a statistic; with so much happening on the road around you, keep the distractions you can control to a minimum.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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