According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”
Imagine driving down a football field with your eyes closed. Now imagine other vehicles coming toward you and people on the field. How confident are you that you can avoid hitting them?
“In 2020, 3,142 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.”
Teens are the most susceptible to distracted driving, not only due to using their own cell phones while driving, but also because of passengers in the car. Teens also lack the experience of driving with distractions and can easily shift their focus away from the road.
So, What Can We Do To Limit Distracted Driving?
- Remember these statistics next time you feel the urge to reach for your phone.
- Use “hands-free” devices if you must make phone calls while driving.
- Encourage your passengers to do their part in limiting distractions for the driver.
- Parents need to lead by example for young drivers.
Were You The Victim Of Distracted Driving?
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