Distracted driving has become a problem that leads to serious accidents on roadways throughout New York. It is very easy to become a distracted driver and not even realize it. Decide to Drive explains that distracted driving can include anything that takes your focus away from the road. The keyword is “focus.” It does not mean you have to take your eyes off the road. Talking on the phone, even when using a hands-free device, could distract you enough to cause an accident.
Other activities that fall under the category of distractions include:
- Changing the radio station
- Looking at your cellphone
You do not have to engage in an activity for a long time to end up causing an accident. In fact, on average, when drivers look at their cellphones, they take their eyes off the road for only five seconds. While that may not seem like a long time, when driving on a highway, five seconds equals the length of a football field.
Driving distracted leads to the death of nine people every day in the United States. It causes injuries to 1,060 each day, as well. All drivers must do their part to help stop these accidents.
When behind the wheel, your mind and eyes need to be entirely on the task of driving. If you need to use your cellphone, do it before you start moving. The same thing is true for any other activity you need to do. Once your tires start rolling, you need to pay attention to the roadway in front of you.
Teens are statistically the most likely to engage in this risky behavior. If you have teenagers who drive, make it clear that it is never okay to text or otherwise use their cellphones when behind the wheel. Only through education and awareness can there be an end to distracted driving.