Did you know that 80 percent1 of automobile accidents are tied to distraction? And distraction means more than texting or using a cell phone while driving.
Think of a visual distraction as doing something with your eyes closed. You would not make a turn or change lanes with your eyes closed. Yet, distracted drivers are, in effect, doing just that.
Imagine driving the length of a football field at 55 mph with your eyes closed. That is the equivalent of texting while driving. Because texting takes our attention away for an average of 4.6 seconds2, we are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
Consider that distracted drivers also are:
Distracted driving statistics like these should alert all drivers to stay focused, with eyes and attention where they should be – on the road. Find more information at distraction.gov on what is distracting your driving.
1 Source: The 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study – Results of the 100-Car Field Experiment, NHTSA 2006
2 Source: Driver Distraction in Commercial Vehicle Operations, FMCSA, 2009
3 Source: Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, October 2011
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