April 13th, 2020| Every driver is tempted by distractions. We all have smartphones buzzing with notifications that demand our attention, favorite songs that compel us to blast our car stereos, or chatty passengers who draw our focus from the task of driving. However, giving into these distractions has consequences. The safety of drivers, passengers, and anyone else on or near the road is constantly at stake whenever drivers get distracted by texts and other notifications. We want to tell you why distracted driving awareness matters, who it affects, and what you should do to combat it.
5 Facts About Distracted DrivingTo illustrate how serious the threat of distracted driving is on our roads, consider these five statistics:
- Each day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured because of distracted driving.
- At any given point in the day, nearly one out of 10 drivers are using mobile devices.
- More than two-thirds of respondents to a AAA survey reported talking on cell phones while driving during the previous month.
- Nearly one-third of survey respondents admitted engaging in distracting behaviors fairly often or regularly.
- Hands-free isn’t risk-free: One study found that listening to someone talking decreased activity in the part of the brain associated with driving by 37%.