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Distracted drivers are a danger to everyone on the road

Have you ever noticed a car drifting over the center lane and then spied that the driver was on the phone? Almost all drivers can truthfully say this has happened to them. This shows how prevalent distracted driving is in this country. Unfortunately, each driver who does this is putting everyone else on the road in danger of suffering an injury or even dying.

There are many reasons why distracted driving is so dangerous. Many risks stem from the fact that the driver's attention isn't on the road and one's physical abilities aren't focused on driving.

Many drivers, including those who have been driving a long time, think that they can easily compensate for the distractions. They likely don't even realize that they are being dangerous. Just about every driver has eaten something or had a sip of a drink while driving. Some have even gone as far as putting on makeup or fixing their hair.

One of the most common distractions is cellphones. Feeling the need to remain connected is one of the hallmarks of modern society. People expect a rapid response to phone calls, texts and other messages. However, taking care of these while driving is always dangerous.

Composition of distractions

There are three types of distractions that drivers have to worry about. These are:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: thinking about something other than driving

Some activities only impact one of these areas. Others, including cellphone usage, impact all three. No matter how many areas are affected, the distractions can still lead to serious crashes.

All drivers are impacted

Many people falsely believe that teenage drivers are more likely to drive distracted, especially when it comes to cellphone usage. This isn't the case. Even adult drivers admit to using the phone to check or send a text.

When you check or send a text, the task requires your attention for an average of five seconds. If a driver takes his or her attention off the road for this amount of time, tragedy can easily occur. During that five seconds, a car that is traveling at 55 miles per hour will move the entire length of a standard football field. This is a lot of distance in which a crash can occur.

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