More drivers are dying on U.S. roads and smart phones and apps may be to blame. Highway deaths soared by 10% during the first six months of 2016 compared with the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The uptick came after the nation saw a 7.2% increase in highway deaths in 2015, the largest percent increase in 50 years. Distractions have fueled the sudden boom in deadly highway accidents after four decades of steady declines and studies have linked the cellphone to this steady increase.
What’s the solution? Recognize before you put the vehicle into drive what distracts you personally, then remove the distraction.
Texting presents a very unique distraction while driving. Typically there are three main types of distractions:
- Manual distractions: Are those where you move your hands away from the task of controlling the vehicle.
- Visual distractions: Are those where you focus your eyes away from the road.
- Cognitive distraction: Is when you’re mind wanders away from the task of driving.
Texting while driving essentially involves all three types of distractions. A simple text message presents a distraction of 5 seconds. At 70 miles per hour, that equals to 525 feet where your attention is not on the road ahead.
6 Shocking Texting While Driving Facts
- 1 out of 4 car accidents in the US are caused by texting while driving.
- Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. are involved in road accidents each year. Of these, 1.6 million have a cell phone involved in them. That’s 64% of all the road accidents in the United States.
- Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving.
- Motorists texting while driving have response times 35% slower than those motorists who are not occupied with texting. Compared to motorists driving legally drunk – they have response times that are 12% slower than motorists not under the influence of alcohol.
- Everyday, 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving.
- A study at the University of Utah found out that the reaction time for a teen using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70 year old who isn’t using one.
Is texting while driving banned in your state? Find out in this edition of Wachs Weekly.
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