Driver distractions have joined alcohol and speeding as leading factors in crashes that cause fatal and serious injuries. However, cellphones aren’t solely to blame. Anything that takes 100% of your attention away from driving is a distraction. In 2019, 3,142 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
It’s easy to think that new car safety features would reduce the number of crashes, but the truth is that vehicle fatalities were up 24% in 2020. In fact, things like smartphones, onboard entertainment systems, and voice command features have actually led to more distractions.
Whether driving for work or for personal reasons, it is important to remember that any activity that you engage in while driving is a potential distraction that increases your risk of crashing. Taking the following precautions can help you avoid distractions while driving:
The fight to end distracted driving starts with you. Take the pledge to drive phone-free today.
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