"Drivers spend more than half their time focused on things other than driving" — AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
On today's crowded roadways, inattention can be deadly. Driving is a task that requires a person's full attention, as they have to be able to recognize a situation on the road and react within seconds. Anything that takes a driver's eyes off the road can have a negative effect on reaction time.
Distracted driving is a major contributor to car crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people were killed and 387,000 injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011. Contrary to popular belief, talking on a cell phone (hand-held or hands-free) isn't the only form of distraction behind the wheel.
Have you ever done any of these activities while driving?
- Talking to a passenger
- Eating lunch
- Tending to a child or pet passenger
- Brushed your hair or applied makeup
- Read a map or printed directions
- Used your navigation system or adjusted the radio, CD or mp3 player
If you answered yes to any of these, then you have engaged in distracting behaviors behind the wheel.