The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2015, 3,477 lives were lost in accidents involving distracted drivers. Another 391,000 people were injured. The NHTSA characterizes distracted driving as any activity that diverts your attention from the task of operating a motor vehicle in a safe and careful manner. It might involve changing radio stations or CDs, eating sloppy food, talking to passengers, attending to personal grooming or using a cellular device.
The groups of distractions
Distractions when driving are divided into three categories. There are three of them: visual, manual, and cognitive. When drivers take their eyes off the road, they become visually distracted. When drivers take their hands off the steering wheel, they are engaging in manual distraction. When drivers start daydreaming, they become cognitively distracted.
Texting while driving
Texting while driving presents the most dangerous form of distracted driving. That’s because it involves visual, manual and cognitive distractions, any one of which can result in a car crash. According to the Virginia Tech Traffic Safety Institute, the time that it takes to send or receive a text message at 55 mph is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blindfolded. That’s when the odds of causing a car crash increase exponentially by 23 times.
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