Have you taken the pledge to drive distraction free? Distracted drivers have claimed more than 20,000 lives between 2012 and 2017. Using a cell phone is one of the most common and most dangerous distractions when driving. However, anything that pulls your hands from the steering wheel, your eyes from the road, or your concentration away from driving is considered distracted driving.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the National Safety Council is urging families to take a pledge to avoid distracted driving. What constitutes distracted driving? There are three main areas of distraction: Visual: taking your eyes off the road; Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.
There is no national ban on texting and driving, however, many states including Utah have created laws banning texting and driving. Even though a recent poll suggests that 90% of American drivers agree that texting and driving is unsafe, The Federal Communications Commission reports that:
Imagine driving to work and traffic slowly comes to a stop. You apply the brake and come to a halt, dreading the long wait until traffic starts to move again. Unfortunately, the driver behind you was too busy texting his boss that he was going to be late and failed to notice that the cars in front of him were not moving. Now, you have a nasty case of whiplash and a car that vaguely resembles an accordion.