Car crashes are the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States. All of us at one time or another has been guilty of looking down at our phone to respond to a text, email or take a call while driving. With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is time to take the pledge to stay off your phone while driving.
Below are some shocking statistics from the National Safety Council that will hopefully make taking the pledge a bit easier.
- Drivers who are on their cell phone are four times more likely to get in an accident.
- Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in car crashes as a result of distracted driving.
- Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that is like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded!
- Approximately 25% of all car crashes involve cell phone use; this includes hands-free features, such as an earpiece, dashboard system, or speakerphone.
- 21% of these crashes occur when people are having a conversation on the phone, and 4% occur as a result of text messaging.
- According to studies, the activity in the area of the brain that processes moving images decreases by up to 1/3 when talking on the phone while driving (i.e. – your brain is less able to recognize and respond to moving objects or people while you are talking on the phone).
- Your field of view narrows by 50% when talking on the cell phone- not because it impairs visibility, but because your brain is distracted and can only process half of what you would normally see.
- Studies show that using voice-to-text is more distracting than typing texts by hand.
Taking the pledge requires turning your phone off and putting it somewhere out of reach, preferably in your glove box or backseat while you are driving. To take the pledge and to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving, go to www.Distraction.gov.
More Distracted Driving Resources
- Distracted Driving Awareness Month – Shocking Stats & Tips for Staying Safe – From LongIsland.com
- Apple tech takes on distracted driving, blocks users from texting while behind the wheel – From Apple Insider
- Apple’s iPhone ‘lock-out’ patent could end texting while driving – From theguardian.com
Not All Distracted Driving Accidents Are Preventable
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