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100 Safe Days of Summer: Distracted Driving
Don’t Let Distractions Drive You Into Danger
Summer brings the excitement of travel and exploring. And these days more Americans are hitting the road than any time in U.S. history. Despite many working hybrid schedules, high employment rates add to traffic levels with people commuting to and from work at all hours every day.
Traffic congestion, heat related tire blowouts and road construction all contribute to more dangerous driving conditions, especially in summer.
Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming over 3,100 lives in 2020 alone (National Center for Statistics and Analysis). 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
Distracted driving is all too common. Think about your last commute. How many times have you looked over to see someone looking down at his phone? Even if it’s just for a brief text, the results can be deadly.
Consider the following:
When you send a text, you take your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds. That's the time it takes to drive the length of a football field going 55 MPH! (U.S. Department of Transportation)
At any moment during the daylight hours, about 660,000 drivers are handling cell phones or other electronic devices while driving in the U.S. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
You are three times more likely to get into an accident when distracted driving by manipulating a mobile device. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
Don't be a distracted driving statistic.
You can easily be distracted while driving. Today, it seems like there's always something to look at other than the road. It's tempting to try to stay connected by texting and driving, or to take a quick look at your GPS, but those actions can cost you your life or cause you to injure or kill someone else.
Always think about whether it's worth it. Is the text message you're about to send worth an injury or death?
If you must make a call, send a text message, check a map, etc., pull over to the side of the road first.
There is NOTHING more important while behind the wheel than driving.
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