Distracted driving is always dangerous, and even though certain habits have started to decline, there are always new distractions to watch out for. For example, while texting and driving isn’t allowed any longer in most states, people can still become distracted with voice calls. If not voice calls, then perhaps with video calls, which not only allow them to talk but also view the other party. It’s not safe, but it happens more often than it should in moving vehicles.
In 2016, 37,461 people lost their lives due to distracted driving in the United States. That was an increase of 5.6 percent from the year before. It’s believed that the total number of distracted-driving crashes are under-reported and that it’s actually a much larger issue than it appears.
Did you know that there are three primary types of distractions?
These distractions, manual, visual and cognitive, can happen separately or at the same time. Texting, one of the worst kinds of distractions, is horrible because it involves all three. It takes the mind off the road, eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. People who text and drive have a 23 times higher likelihood of getting into a crash than those who do not.
Cellphone use is as dangerous as driving drunk
Even cellphones are dangerous on the road. Whether you’re chatting with one hand or using it hands-free, a cellphone makes you as impaired as you’d be if you were driving at the legal blood alcohol concentration limit.
These are a few scary facts about distracted driving. Drivers who don’t think of others should always be held responsible for their actions.