As you may know, distracted driving is extremely dangerous and a serious problem across the country. Unfortunately, the issue appears to be getting worse as technology continues to advance at such a rapid rate.
However, knowing some of the facts and statistics about distracted driving may help you avoid this dangerous behavior.
#1 - There are three categories of distractions: physical, visual, and cognitive.
Physical distractions include anything that requires you to remove at least one hand from the steering wheel.
Visual distractions include anything that requires you to take your eyes off the road.
Cognitive distractions include anything that takes your attention away from driving.
#2 - Texting is the most harmful distraction.
If you’re traveling at a rate of 55 miles per hour (mph) and you take your eyes off the road for just five seconds, that’s like driving the entire distance of a football field without looking.
With that in mind, reading or writing a text message requires you to look at your phone for at least five seconds.
#3 - Driving while distracted significantly impairs your performance in numerous ways.
Some of the leading ways you hinder your ability to drive when engaging in distracted driving behaviors include:
- Extended reaction times to identify and take action to mitigate unexpected driving-related occurrences.
- Hindered ability to maintain the proper lane position.
- Reduced reaction time when braking.
- More intense braking and shorter stopping distances.
- Hindered ability to maintain the proper driving speed.
- Slower reaction times to traffic signals.
- Reduced following distances.
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