Distracted driving is fast becoming one of the country's biggest health concerns.
As more and more drivers text while on the road, distracted driving crashes are steadily increasing year over year. In fact, the Center For Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 9 people are killed every day in the U.S. as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver.
However, distracted driving doesn't just mean texting and driving. You can be distracted by one of many activities.
Distracted driving means driving while not fully paying attention to the road. Many people think of texting and driving or talking on the phone when driving; however, you can also be distracted by:
Even talking to a passenger in your car can be a distraction. You are distracted ANY TIME your mind and/or your eyes are off the road.
Distracted driving is all too common. Think about your daily commute. How many times have you looked over and seen someone looking down at his phone?
Even if it's just for a brief text, the results can be deadly. Consider the following statistics:
You can easily be distracted while driving. Today, it seems like there's always something to look at other than the road. It's tempting to try to stay connected by texting and driving, or to take a quick look at your GPS, but those actions can cost you your life or cause you to injure or kill someone else.
Always think about whether it's worth it. Is the text message you're about to send worth an injury or death?
If you must make a call, send a text message, check a map, etc., pull over to the side of the road first.
Don't let a distraction turn deadly. Take the distracted driving pledge today.
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