According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, eight people die every day in the U.S. due to distracted driving accidents. If that number seems small, consider that we’re talking about a daily occurrence. Add in the fact that 1,161 people are injured each day for the same reason, and you begin to get a feeling for the severity of the situation!
The fact is, too many car accidents are caused by distracted drivers who are talking on cell phones, texting, tuning their car radios or making other dashboard adjustments, eating, and even putting on makeup while driving. According to the CDC, distracted driving definitely increases the chance of having an accident. There are three main types of distracted driving:
- Visual (taking your eyes off the road)
- Manual (taking your hands off the steering wheel)
- Cognitive (taking your mind off driving)
Consider a few shocking statistics about the realities of distracted driving in the U.S. alone:
- 1 out of 4 accidents in the U.S. are caused by distracted driving.
- 94% of teenagers know the risks of distracted driving. Nonetheless, 35% of them admit that they do it anyway.
- When you text while driving, the amount of time you spend with your eyes off the road increases by approximately 400%!
- If you text and drive, you’re 6 times more likely to have an accident than if you drive drunk! (Obviously, neither practice is a good idea!)
- 25% of teens respond to at least one text message while driving — every single time they get behind the wheel!
There’s a new law in California regarding cell phone use while driving that goes into effect on January 1, 2017. Essentially, cell phone use while behind the wheel is illegal unless they have hands-free devices.