Cell phones actually cause one out of every four accidents when used while driving. The main reason so many accidents occur is because the spatial navigation in the parietal lobe of the brain is distracted by thirty-seven percent when a person listens to a call or sends and receives a text message. It is almost like driving blindfolded which is dangerous and decreases your visual focus on the road.
More than sixty percent of distracted automobile accidents are caused by drivers under the age of twenty. Statistics state there is more of a danger when using a hand-held device than using a hands-free device but the distraction is still present altering one’s driving focus making accidents twenty-three times more likely to occur. It is disconcerting that there are forty-four states that have enacted laws prohibiting hand-held devices and texting and so many people are still talking and texting while driving.
Did you know that over 153 billion text messages are sent every year in the United States alone? It’s true! Cell phones are one of the major causes of automobile crashes. When a driver is distracted by their cell phone whether it is a call or a text message it has resulted in approximately two million crashes a year where over 34,000 people have lost their lives and injuring more than 400,000 people.
Answering a phone call or replying to a text message may only take three to five seconds to respond. During those few seconds the driver’s eyes are steered away from the road making them impaired just like they are when they one is intoxicated even if their blood alcohol level is at the legal limit.
You are considered distracted if you are not one-hundred percent focused when driving!
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Top three major driving distractions: Cognitive
Cognitive distractions are things that take your mind off of driving. Examples of cognitive distractions are hands-free phones, hand-held phones and talking to a passenger in the vehicle.
Top three major driving distractions: Visual
Visual distractions are things that take your eyes off the road while driving. Examples of visual distractions are watching a video, reading a book, reading a map, children in the back seat, movement from a passenger in the front seat, movement from items dangling from the rear view mirror, another passenger hugging the driver, looking at homes with pretty Christmas lights, turning you head to the back seat to scold a child, concentrating on finding the street sign you need to turn at and having something tossed in the front seat from the back seat causing you to look up and breaking your focus.
Top three major driving distractions: Manual
Manual distractions are things that cause the driver to remove their hands from the steering wheel. Examples of manual distractions are putting on makeup, combing one’s hair, searching in a purse for an item, eating, adjusting the radio, air conditioner or heater settings, drinking, digging in the console for loose change, smoking and trying to grab something that fell down by the driver’s feet.