Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States. In a large number of cases, the distraction is due to phone use while driving. Sending a text while driving occupies the driver’s attention for five seconds, but it takes less than five seconds after a driver gets distracted from the road for an accident to happen.
In the spring of 2009, nineteen-year-old Ashley Umscheid lost her life in a car crash. Her pickup truck had overturned, sending her crashing into a ditch. Ashley had been trying to send a brief reply—“k”—to her sister while driving. Her sister never received it.
In the United States, over 1.5 million car accident due to cell phone use happens every year. Many people may think that there’s no harm in sending a simple text while driving, but they can’t be further from the truth. Texting while driving distracts drivers in three dangerous ways.
One, it diverts the driver’s eyes from the road. Two, it causes them to take their hands off the steering wheel. And three, it draws away their mental focus on driving. These three types of driving distractions can be fatal on the road.
Sixteen US states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, have implemented a ban on handheld cell phone use, but the problem continues to occur, especially in teenage and young adult drivers.
This detailed infographic lays down the facts on the dangers of distracted driving and why you must not text and drive at the same time. It also provides helpful advice on how you can eliminate distractions while driving and ensure your safety on the road.
Government institutions are working to create and enforce laws to ensure road safety, but this is not a problem the government can solve by itself. Drivers have a large portion of the responsibility of ensuring their safety on the road.