To most of us, one second doesn’t seem like a very long time. Our
days are full of seconds and we’re constantly on the go, so that
single moment may seem insignificant. But when you are behind the steering
wheel of an automobile, a single second can change everything.
All it takes to be distracted is ONE second.
When you’re operating a vehicle, it should be the only task at hand.
To so many of us, driving becomes a secondary task that we perform in
in an almost robotic way while concentrating on a variety of other priorities.
What many people fail to realize until it’s too late is that distracted
driving can occur in a single second, with potential repercussions that
could forever alter the lives of ourselves and others. When you’re
behind the wheel of a vehicle, driving should be the only task.
EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) is a resource formed by parents who lost their
daughter in 2009 with the mission of preserving life and promoting safety.
distracted driving has become a near epidemic and many people aren’t even aware of
their guilt many times until it is too late.
The obvious distraction that we often think of is texting or otherwise
using a phone while driving. Statistics show that your risk of an accident
quadruples when talking on a cell phone, which is approximately the same
as drunk driving. If you’re texting, the risk doubles once again.
And while texting and talking on a cell phone are significant mental/physical
distraction risks, only 17% of distraction-related crash fatalities are
credited to cellphone usage. That leaves 82% of distracted driving fatalities
being caused by some other form of distraction behind the wheel. The other
top forms of distraction include:
- Applying makeup
- Reaching for a drink
- Selecting music
- GPS navigation
Each of these forms of distraction includes at least one of the three main
types of distraction classifications: visual, manual, or cognitive. Visual
distraction involves taking your eyes away from the roadway. Manual distraction
is taking your hands off the steering wheel. Cognitive distraction, which
may be the most difficult to combat, involves taking your mind off the roadway.
While distractions are endless, they don’t necessarily have to be
if we begin making a more conscious effort to improve our bad driving
habits. For more information about distracted driving, visitwww.enddd.org.