Staying focused while driving is essential to staying safe behind the wheel. But all too often drivers are distracted, causing accidents, injuries and even fatalities. If more drivers were aware of the dangers associated with distracted driving, they may be more inclined to be more focused and concentrate on making it safely to their destination during each drive.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the safely driving their automobile. All distractions, even short or minor ones, have the potential to endanger drivers, passengers, and bystanders safety. While texting and using a smartphone are the most commonly thought of distractions, there are in fact many ways drivers may become distracted. Distracted driving could include eating or drinking, grooming, using a navigation system, adjusting the radio and even talking to passengers.
Why Mobile Phones Are More Distracting?
While there are many activities drivers frequently engage in that cause them to be distracted, mobile phone use, and particularly texting, is considered even more distracting than others. Why is mobile phone usage considered more distracting than other activities? Simple, text messaging and mobile phone usage requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention simultaneously. And when performed while driving, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
How to End Distracted Driving?
To end distracted driving education is key. Government websites like Distraction.gov aim to help education the American public about the dangers of distracted driving. But since drivers may be distracted on the road each driver can be aware of other drivers and concentrate on others in traffic to ensure that they avoid accidents caused by distracted drivers.