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According to the National Safety Council, distracted driving is commonplace with one-third of all car accidents involving some type of cell phone use. The Council calculates that talking on a cell phone is responsible for about 21 percent of traffic accidents, while texting accounts for another 6 to 16 percent.
Additionally, multiple studies have found that texting while driving increases your chances of being in an accident by as much as 23 times, while talking on a cell phone behind the wheel makes a crash four times more likely.
The National safety Council reminds motorists that cell phone conversations, whether handheld or hands-free, are dangerous, and that there is no such thing as a safe way to use your cell phone when you’re driving.
Carrying on a phone conversation requires a lot of concentration. Even if you are using a hands-free device, your mind is still distracted while you concentrate on listening to what the other person is saying and formulating a response.
Texting- either reading or sending a message- takes your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. While traveling at 55 mph, a vehicle will cover approximately the length of a football field in that time.
Many different activities can take the driver’s focus away from the primary task of operating the vehicle and increase their risk of being in an accident. Distractions don’t simply take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel, they are secondary tasks that take your mind off driving.
Distractions can be broken down into three main categories:
· Visual distractions involve looking at anything other than the road
· Auditory distractions refer to hearing anything not related to driving
· Manual distractions require manipulating anything other than the steering wheel
However, the important thing to remember is that all these types of distractions cause cognitive distractions which take your mind off your primary task. And while many people claim to be great multi-taskers, behind the wheel of your vehicle is not a safe place to do so.
Distracted Driving Facts
A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 69 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 confess to talking on their phones and 31 percent admit to having read or sent at least one text message while driving in the past thirty days.
In just one recent year, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 more were injured by distracted drivers.
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