Because driving is a daily activity, most people forget that it is, in all actuality, incredibly dangerous. Underneath your car’s shiny, clean exterior is a confluence of high-powered machinery. This should be more than enough to warrant constant caution from drivers when they operate this heavy equipment, but sadly most people most people fail to pay appropriate attention when operating such potentially dangerous, heavy machinery, putting themselves and others at risk.
Many people allow simple distractions to take their attention away from the road while operating a vehicle and fail to realize that when they do this, they are putting their lives and the lives of other people on the road at risk. There are many ways that a driver can allow him or herself to become distracted, including:
- Looking at maps
- Talking to passengers
- Talking on a cell phone
- Adjusting the radio
The most frequent cause of distracted driving accidents is texting. Texting requires attention from both a driver’s hands and eyes. A driver’s focus on the road should have to never compete with sending or reading a text message. Drivers who are using handheld devices are 300% more likely to be injured in car accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s distracted driving page, 387,000 people sustained injuries in car accidents that involved distracted drivers. The most troublesome aspect of distracted driving accidents is that the majority of them could have been prevented had the driver been paying adequate attention to the road.
Because it has become such a widespread problem and is so easily preventable, distracted driving is an issue of national concern. The NHTSA urges drivers to spread the word and do everything they can to cut down on driving distractions.