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Distracted driving must be stopped

Distracted driving is a serious problem on all streets. This is especially true on the interstates because of the higher speeds. Any amount of time that a driver is distracted has the potential to be disastrous.

Many things can distract a driver, so it is imperative that all drivers are paying attention. Unfortunately, not all do. Some drivers choose to allow other things to claim their attention. Here are some points that you might find interesting about distracted driving:

Time matters

When a vehicle is moving at 55 miles per hour, it can travel the length of a football field in only five seconds. This is a considerable distance in which an accident can occur. In fact, the odds of being in a crash double if a driver is distracted for more than two seconds. This is harrowing because it takes longer than two seconds to do many of the tasks that drivers do on a regular basis.

Many things are distracting

Distractions come in many forms. No driver should ever think that a cellphone is the only distraction they will face. Eating, drinking, checking the radio station, looking at billboards, talking to others in the vehicle and taking care of personal grooming are all things that might impact a driver's abilities. When a person is driving, that duty must be the only thing that they are focused on.

Forms of distractions

There are three main forms of distractions that can impact drivers.

  • Manual: distractions that require you to take your hands off the steering wheel
  • Cognitive: distractions that impact the mind
  • Visual: distractions that take your eyes away from the road

While these can affect anyone, younger drivers are at an increased risk. This is due to being inexperienced behind the wheel. They may also tend to focus more on their cellphones when they are driving.

Combating distracted driving

Fighting against this matter is being done on a federal level, as well as a state level. Laws against distractions are in place. But, the responsibility can't stop there. Parents need to make it clear to their teenage drivers that distractions aren't allowed while driving. Limit the number of occupants in the vehicle and require them to avoid using the phone.

For the victims of these crashes, learning that distraction was the cause can invoke anger. They might opt to seek compensation for the damages.

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