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The Human Brain and Distractions (Part II)

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness by the National Safety Council, and today, we talk about some of the risks associated with using a cell phone while driving and what we can do to help prevent ourselves from driving while distracted.

Preventing Distracted Driving                

There are a few things that can be done in order to limit the amount of distractions that a driver faces while they are operating a motor vehicle. Some of those things include:

  • Inform frequent callers that you will not speak on the phone while you are driving.
  • The responsibility of using the cell phone and driving lands on all parties – the ones doing the driving as well as the people who still choose to communicate with the driver after they’re told the person is driving.
  • Drivers should always consider how they actually behave versus how they consider themselves to behave behind the wheel.
  • Consistent enforcement of the law is the single most effective way in changing behavior.
  • Prevention strategies must be put in place and enforced by traffic police.

One of the more dangerous aspects of distracted driving is that people tend to believe that they are more skilled than other drivers at doing more than one thing at a time. This mentality enables drivers to be more likely to attempt to multitask while driving – increasing the amount of time they are distracted and increasing their chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Distracted Driving Statistics

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States that are the direct result of distracted driving accidents:

  • There were a total of 3,154 poeple who were killed in distracted driving accidents in the United States in 2013.
  • In 2013, nearly one in every five motor vehicle accidents involved someone who was driving distracted at the time of the accident.
  • If someone gets a text message and they are traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, their eyes are taken off the road for a distance long enough to cover a football field. 
  • Drivers ages 20 and younger have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal accidents. 
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Check back tomorrow when we discuss the top 10 deadliest driving distractions that happen in the United States. 

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