Distracted driving is an activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the primary task of driving. These include such things as texting, using a navigation system, adjusting a radio, using a phone, eating and drinking, and other activities.
The most alarming and dangerous of these is texting because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, usually for an extended period of time. During that time the driver is almost completely unaware of what is happening on the road, leading to deaths and serious injuries. At 55 mph a texting driver covers roughly 300 yards – the length of a football field – blindfolded.
The lesson is clear – drive phone free. Simply wait until you are finished driving to make the phone call or text. It could be the matter of your life or someone else’s.
Read more about the risks associated with using cell phones while driving, and help us keep America safer on the roads.
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