We have all heard about the dangers of distracted driving. Though more and more states have made it illegal to text and drive, Americans are unfortunately becoming less concerned with the risk of dangerous driving behavior. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the number of drivers who consider drinking and driving a serious threat had dropped by 20 percent. The number of drivers who consider running a red light and texting and driving to be risky has also dropped.
When we think of distracted driving, we tend to talk about millennials. Though teens have the highest rate of crashes, AAA has found that the problem of dangerous driving behavior is all over the age spectrum.
Am I distracted driving?
We can define distracted driving as engaging in an activity not related to the actual operation of the vehicle you are driving. This activity has the potential of shifting your focus from the main objective which is safety behind the wheel.
- Phone calls
- Searching the web on a mobile device
- Watching entertainment devices
- Using social media, including taking selfies or streaming live
- Rowdy passengers
The costs of distracted driving can be fatal. When engaging in this activity, you put your life and the lives of others at risk. The costs of distracted driving can also involve your car insurance. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is interested in how to combat the driving distractions that kill 3,500 people and injure 390,000 in U.S. crashes every year. At the forefront of distracted driving among the listed behaviors is the engineering of modern vehicles. The study done by Traffic Safety addresses the explosion of technology in vehicles including the hundreds of buttons, touch screen, heads-up displays and voice commands.
Distracted driving continues to be an issue and it is important to educate yourself on how you can minimize risky driving behavior.