When you imagine an example of distracted driving, there’s a good chance you think of texting. It seems most of the discussion around distracted driving is focused on this one thing, but why is that? Why is texting and driving so dangerous?
A Triple Threat
Texting and driving is a “triple threat” driving distraction. This means it simultaneously takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind away from driving. According to the insurance institute for highway safety, all of those factors combined increase the risk of a fatal crash by 66%!
Texting and driving is one of the worst things you can do at the wheel because it’s a self-reinforcing distraction that pulls at your mental focus, even when you’re not using it.
Every Moment Matters
Texting and driving gives us a false sense of security because we don’t realize how it affects us. On average, drivers look at their phones for a minimum of 5 seconds. That’s 5 seconds they aren’t aware of the dangers around them and in that time, a car moving 60 miles per hour will have traveled 300ft, nearly the length of a football field.
There is no safe way to use your phone while driving. Whether you’re texting, voice dictating, or just talking on the phone, the cognitive distraction is too powerful. Not only that, but the mere presence of the phone can be distracting. If you hear the notification bell, it’s only natural that you’ll wonder what it is, which can be equally distracting.
Cellphones are a constant distraction, which is why so much effort goes into educating drivers about their dangers. Just remember that the only way to make sure you won’t be distracted by your phone is to turn it off and put it away.
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