Distracted driving is a very serious risk that leads to many accidents in the United States. In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. These types of accidents can often times be fatal—creating serious risks to people on the road.
July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month and also a good time to review the dangers of distracted driving. Text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention—making it one of the most frightening forms of distracted driving. Many people do not realize the serious danger that distracted driving creates; however, it is important that we educate others on the importance of focusing your full attention on the road while driving.
When drivers are involved in auto accidents or have poor driving records—their insurance premiums can be much higher. On the other hand, good drivers are rewarded with safe driving discounts. Limits on safe driving, for example; a text messaging while driving ban, limits the number of auto accidents. Less auto accidents, means you pay less for insurance.
Have the courtesy this month and every other month to put your cell phone away while driving. You are not only putting yourself at risk when using your cell phone on the road, but others. It’s vital that people disconnect themselves from their cellphones as much as possible when behind the wheel.
Celebrate Cell Phone Courtesy Month by putting your cell phone down!