It is very easy in the day-to-day of life to forget about or, rather, not acknowledge the risks involved in being on the road. Whether you are a driver, a pedestrian, a bicyclist or a motorcycle rider it is something we should never forget and we must remind ourselves every day!
As drivers, we face many obstacles on the road and driving distracted only adds to an already high risk; not just to ourselves, but also to the others we share the road with. It is crucial to be aware and focused when we are out on the road and realize what an enormous responsibility it is to drive a car. Yet, each day we take this responsibility for granted; we get into our cars and put our brains on autopilot, looking around and doing more things than we should while behind the wheel.
Did you know?:
- More than one million people have died in car crashes over the past 25 years in the U.S., with 33,788 lives lost in 2010 alone.
- Drivers spend more than half their time behind the wheel engaged in distracted behavior.
- Using a cell phone while driving quadruples your risk of crashing.
- Eating, smoking, adjusting music or rubbernecking while driving can be just as dangerous as texting, emailing or talking on a cell phone.
- Passengers are one of the most frequently reported causes of distraction, with young children being four times more distracting than adults and infants being eight times more distracting.
Make this the month that you give up being a distracted driver…your life depends on it!
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