A distracted driver is a lethal driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people die, and over a thousand more suffer injuries every day from accidents caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving happens when a driver focuses on any activity that is not related to driving. There are several, seemingly innocent activities that take a driver's attention off the road. That split second of lack of focus can be detrimental.
Texting is the most notorious distraction for drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation states that reading or sending the average text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. In those five seconds, you can travel the length of a football field, especially at highway speeds. Another source of distraction is car controls. If a driver is busy surfing for the perfect radio station or getting the airflow right, he/she can miss sudden changes in the environment, such as a traffic light turning red or even a phone-distracted pedestrian. Other activities like eating and drinking, or conversations with talkative passengers, can also impede a driver's focus.
Distracted driving not only opens the door to injury and death, but also to legal consequences. Regulation of careless drivers is at the state level, and many states have laws against specific distractions, such as texting. While there are few federal laws on the subject, there are national initiatives designed to increase public awareness of this pressing safety issue.
Be a safe driver. Get rid of distractions before starting your vehicle. When you are driving, keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes and focus on the road. Also, drive with a comprehensive auto insurance policy in case an accident does occur. Please contact us for more details and on how to stay safe on the road.