Dangers of Distracted Driving
Keep your eyes – and mind – on the road ahead.
In 2010, more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving-related activities. That's comparable to the population of a small town simply vanishing into thin air, gone forever.
The good news is, you can play a role in curbing distracted driving and, who knows, maybe even save lives in the process. For starters, make a commitment to avoid the three main types of driving distractions:
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road
- Cognitive: taking your mind off driving
Texting is probably the biggest culprit, increasing the risk of car crashes by as much as 23 percent, according to the Department of Transportation.
Cell phone use in general is a significant cause of deadly car crashes, accounting for 18 percent of all distraction-related fatalities in America. But, there are other sources of distracted driving too, including:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Looking at maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting the controls on a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
By refraining from these distracting activities, you'll make the road safer for yourself and others. Not only that, you'll also be setting a good example for younger drivers who may be in the car with you.
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Additional distracted driving resources
For more information about limiting distracted driving, visit these sites:
- National Safety Council – Research studies, public education, laws.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Statistics, personal stories, state laws, tips for parents, teens, educators and employees.