Each day, more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 people are injured as the result of a distracted driver being behind the wheel.1 Multi-tasking is a trait that we all must adapt to in order to survive in as our society continues to become more and more fast paced. The more we try to do at once, the more we are driven to distraction
Every time you get behind the wheel, you will be faced with many opportunities for distractions, such as eating a cheeseburger, texting a boyfriend, or surfing the radio stations. The act of texting takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 MPH, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field…. blindfolded.2 A few seconds may not seem like a lot of time, but that extra second can mean the difference between safety and tragedy for any driver.
You are probably aware that your car insurance rate is based on many factors such as age and gender and the type of car that you drive. However many individuals assume that the performance of their car is the main rating factor – and while that certianly is factored in, an even larger factor is thesafetyof the car.
With improvements in modern technology, cars have become much safer and improved your chances of crash survival. That is why it is important that safety features aren’t overlooked when you’re shopping for your next car.
In 2009 there were 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, an estimated 448,000 were injured. (NHTSA)
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. These types of distractions include:
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Using a navigation system
Adjusting a radio
Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction, but ALL distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety!