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Distracted Driving

by Anita on March 30, 2016

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Do you think you aren’t distracted while you drive? Think again, AAA reports that 25-50% of all accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving is the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a mobile phone or other electronic devices. Driving while using a cell phone reduces brain activity associated with driving by 37%. drivers increase their risk of a crash two to four times while talking on a mobile device, either hands free or hand held. Cell phone use is not the only distraction. Technology is constantly evolving and now cars are coming equipped with Wi-Fi hot spots, navigation systems, multimedia streaming and social media capabilities. Drivers report that they believe it is safer to use a hands free device as opposed to a hand held device. The majority of surveyed drivers feel that talking on a cell phone was a somewhat or serious threat to their personal safety.  Phone conversations of any type increase reaction times and increase different speed levels, swaying into lanes and having control of the steering wheel.  We all lead such busy lives with not much free time but if we continue these habits of trying to multitask while driving we may not have any time at all.  We can try to change the statists by putting our phones down while driving and waiting till we are in a safe environment to talk, text or plug in to the web.

 

 

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