Monday - What Distractions Do Drivers Face Every Day?
According to the website End Distracted Driving, “…distracted drivers on America’s roads cause a minimum of 3,100 deaths and over 400,000 injuries each year and that 67% of drivers continue to use their cell phones while driving DESPITE knowing the danger.” Are you in that 67%?
Keep in mind that there are many things competing for our attention at any given time and there are three main types of distractions:
Visual — taking your eyes off the road Manual — taking your hands off the wheel Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing
Were you just visualizing yourself driving down the road, eating a burger and not holding onto the steering wheel? Have you ever arrived somewhere and have no memory of driving there? If you do – you need to put the brakes on, put the burger down and try to ONLY drive while you are in the car. If your mind wanders, recognize that and actively bring your focus back to the road in front of you. Review the chart below to see just how large of an impact distracted driving is having in our communities and think about all the times you and your loved ones are on the roads with distracted drivers, or as a distracted driver.