Distracted Driving: What Does it Mean to You?
By Allie KemperFebruary 28, 2017
Imagine for a moment you're driving home from the store and you notice a father and son playing ball. The dad throws the ball too far and it starts to roll into the road. Naturally the son chases after it and ends up running into the road. As he is bending over to pick it up, you are able to stop just in time. Now imagine that same scenario except you get a text and decide to look at it, you don't notice the father and son and you don't see the little boy in front of you until it's to late. This is one scenario with two different outcomes. One could've been prevented if it wasn't for distracted driving. I could name so many more scenarios exactly like this one.
Five seconds is the average time your eyes need to be off the road when traveling at 55mph to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers (quoted by distraction.gov), and this number is continuing to rise. Below is a list of the most common distractions to avoid while driving:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Making sure you're distraction free not only protects yourself but also protects those around you and those you love.