It. Can. Wait.
Distracted driving has become a hot button topic across the country. Most associate distracted driving with texting and younger drivers, but there are many other distractions in today's vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2014 more than 400,000 people were injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers, resulting in more than 3,000 fatalities. It seems these numbers are only continuing to rise. According to the NHTSA fatalities caused by distraction rose by 8.8 percent in 2015.
Drivers can be distracted by any number of things in the car including:
- Texting or Talking on the phone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking with passengers
- Reading (including maps and directions)
- Adjusting the stereo or car settings
While there are many distractions we face while driving, it is primarily our growing dependence on our cell phones that has lead to distraction-related accidents rising at the fastest pace in nearly 50 years. Technology has allowed for hands-free applications but this has not lead to a reduction in these distraction-related accidents.
Do your part to make the roads safer, commit to avoiding distractions while you drive. It can wait.