Driver distractions cause great harm…
Just how much harm? Here’s a refresher:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classifies distracted driving as (a) visual tasks, those that cause a driver to divert his or her attention from the road (e.g., checking the speedometer), (b) manual tasks, requiring a driver to remove one or both hands from the steering wheel, and (c) cognitive tasks, those that cause a driver’s mind and focus from the task of driving.
Each type of task can be dangerous – some more than others. In the aggregate – here are the facts and the harm distractions cause:
- Distracted driving accounts for at least 25% of all car and truck accidents. Many traffic safety experts believe this number vastly underestimates the actual number.
- Over 80% of all drivers in several studies admit to obviously dangerous behaviors while driving (e.g., shaving, hair styling, applying makeup, changing clothes, etc.).
- Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash where distractions were the cause.
- The most frequent cause of distracted driving crashes at 62%? Drivers simply lost in thought or letting their minds wander from the dangerous task at hand.
- Here’s one that’s not usually mentioned… Driving with children causes parents to take their eyes off the road for a whopping3 minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute car ride. That amounts to 20% of each trip on average.
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes annually.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has data suggesting teens who frequently text and drive are also more likely to ride with an intoxicated driver or drink and drive themselves.
- Twenty-five percent of teen drivers admit to texting at least once every time they drive.
- And it’s not just the teens. Over 10% of adult drivers admit to regularly conducting extended multi-text conversations while driving.
- Sadly, in a recent survey, 77%of adults and 55% of teenage drivers stated they believe they are capable of easily managing texting while driving.
- Only one in five teens believes texting impairs their ability to drive. Eighty percent believe it has no impact.
- Drivers of any age are more than 12 times more likely to suffer a car crash when dialing a phone.
- And finally – eight percent of drivers admit to watching videos while driving.
Are you frightened yet?
You should be.
What can any one person do to make the roads safer?
It’s simple – set aside all distractions while doing one of the most dangerous tasks in life – driving a car or truck. And remind friends and family to do the same. You may save their life.
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