Distracted Driving…Why Risk It?

texting & driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); it has been estimated that in the year 2012, 421,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving a distracted driver.  This was a jump of 9% from 387,000 people injured in 2011. The definition of distracted driving is: driving while another activity takes away your attention from the road. Distracted driving is proven to increase the chance of motor vehicle collisions.

Here are 3 main types of driver distractions:

1. Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.

2. Visual: taking your eyes off the road.

3. Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.

Activities like texting, cell phone use, applying makeup and eating, are just some examples of distractions that typically occurs in the vehicle. Also, using in-vehicle technologies (i.e. navigation systems), changing radio stations, inserting cds into the dash are some other examples of distraction.

We urge every driver to avoid cell phone use while driving.

Here are some tips for drivers with regard to cell phone use in vehicles.

1. Unless you have a hands-free device in your vehicle, wait until a trip is complete before placing a call. Allow your calls to go to voicemail while you are driving.

2. Keep cell phone out of reach when driving to avoid the temptation of using it. “Out of sight; out of mind.”

3. If an urgent call needs to be  answered, you should pull into a parking lot to perform this task.  It is not wise to pull over on the side of the road where a rear-end collision is possible.  More frequently, accidents of this nature are occurring. If you have to make or take a call, take advantage of speed-dialing capabilities.

4. Never drive and talk on the phone during a stressful or emotional time.  Do not have in-depth discussions as the risk of an accident is increased during such times.

5. Never text while driving.  While any of these other distractions can endanger the driver and others, we emphasize that texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distractions!

Here is an info-graphic provided by Inthenation.com on cell phone use & distracted driver statistics:

http://www.inthenation.com/nsc-infographic/

We hope this information provided is not only resourceful but, is actually put to use.  If we’re able to affect one person at a time, the submission of this article was well worth it.