Despite years of messaging and public awareness campaigns centered around educating the populace on the dangers of distracted driving, it continues to be a persistent and deadly problem in the United States.
It’s not that everyone doesn’t understand that driving while distracted is a dangerous habit, it’s that we continue to do it despite knowing that fact.
According to a study conducted by DriversEd.com, 54% of the 1,400 drivers they surveyed admitted to texting while being behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Additionally, 18% confessed to checking in on social media while driving, and 8% admitted to actually watching YouTube videos while behind the wheel.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 alone an estimated 400,000 people were injured, and 2,841 people were killed, in distracted driving accidents in the United States.
Those are serious statistics, and represent a great deal of unnecessary suffering and pain that could have been avoided by attentive and careful driving.
There are a multitude of different distracted driving behaviors that people engage in, beyond checking Instagram or texting a friend.
While smartphones may be one of the most predominant driving distractions, any behavior that takes a driver’s attention away from the road in front of them can be considered distracted driving.
Distractions are typically broken up into three categories:
Of course many of the habits that millions of drivers around the country exhibit everyday, include combinations of all three types of distractions.
If we all exhibit a little more diligence and self control behind the wheel, we could greatly decrease these accidents and save lives every year. Don’t drive distracted!
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