We all know how cell phones and technology has changed the future. There is no debate about that. But how does this effect the roads we drive on? Does technology truly help us on the road or does is turn us into distracted drivers? Lets discuss a few topics on how it effects us and how we can be better drivers and not get distracted. And maybe by the end of this article you can even pledge not to be a distracted driver!
So what exactly is distracted driving?
The definition of Distracted Driving, brought to you by Google, says it is the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a cellular phone or other electronic device.
Here are some forms of Distracted Driving:
- Turning the radio or changing a song on mp3 player or cd
- Grooming or Doing Makeup
- Talking on the Phone
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Using a GPS or navigation system
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
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Lets take a look at some of the numbers and see what’s been going on
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010 and may be increasing (NOPUS). In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers (distraction.gov).
So what are some of the thing we can do to stop Distractive driving?
We can simply stop using the devices that cause such damage and heartache. This can be a hard as we are so attached to our phones and devices, but it can be easy to not use these electronic devices knowing you may be saving lives at the same time. Distraction.gov even has an online pledge to stop using devices. Here is the pledge below.
I pledge to:
- Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
- Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
- Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.
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Thanks for reading and remember the pledge and drive safely.
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