The leading cause of car accidents
Distracted driving is any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the road such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, or even changing the radio station. Distracted driving is a serious problem that has been increasing in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is a factor in at least nine deaths and 1,000 injuries each day in the United States alone. In 2016, a study found that nearly 50 percent of drivers admitted to, while driving, sending a text message, reading a text message, using social media or checking their phone for directions. Overall, nearly 60 percent of respondents admitted to using their cell phone at least once while driving.
A 2018 survey of more than 3,300 drivers by American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety illustrates a disconnect in driver behavior. While a large percentage of drivers (95.6%) said texting or emailing while driving is unacceptable, nearly half (49%) report talking on a hand-held device and nearly 35% have sent a text or an email while driving. While driving, cell phone usage creates enormous potential for injuries and deaths on U.S. roads. In 2020, 3,142 people were were victims of distracted driving and killed in motor vehicle crashes.
One of the main reasons why distracted driving is so dangerous is that it significantly increases the likelihood of a car accident. When a driver is distracted, they are less likely to be able to react quickly to unexpected situations on the road, such as a pedestrian crossing the street or another car suddenly changing lanes. Additionally, distracted drivers are more likely to swerve off the road or rear-end another vehicle.
There are many different types of distractions that can take a driver’s attention away from the road and one of them is texting. Texting requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention, which means that a driver’s eyes are off the road, their hands are off the…