As promised, this month we are focusing on the dangers of texting and driving. If you are like us, maybe you have made this mistake, but have decided enough is enough and in 2018 we are pledging to put down the phone while driving.
We hope that you read our initial conversation on this topic last week (click here to read last weeks post). The conversation continues this week as we talk about the dangers of distracted driving.
Thank you to our sponsors at Les Jacobs Ford for pulling together this information for us. It may just save a life and for that–we say thank you!
In a recent survey, 98% of drivers acknowledge that texting and driving is dangerous, however, 74% admit to engaging in a text-related activity while driving.
Smart phones aren’t the only distraction. Daydreaming causes 62% of distracted driving accidents. Eating, reading, and applying makeup increases the likelihood of a crash 2-3 times.
Kids cause parents to take their eyes off the road for an average of 3 minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute car ride–or 21% of total driving time.
Don’t have kids? 65% of dog owners admit they’ve been distracted while driving with their pet in the car.
In a recent study, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute installed cameras on dashboards inside truck cabs. From the video footage, on average it took five seconds with their eyes off the road when driver’s experienced distractions. The distance covered in five seconds of driving at 55 mph is equivalent to the length of a football field.
We are guilty of distracted driving and I am sure many of you are as well.
We invite to join us as we think about these startling statistics this month as we are behind the wheel. Is reaching back to hand my child yet another snack really worth the risk? Probably not, but we do it all the time. The good news? It isn’t too late to do better in 2018!