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Of the 2.5 million traffic accidents each year, it is estimated that 1.6 million of these have a cell phone involved. Despite this shocking fact, people continue to use cell phones - whether to talk or to text - while driving. Throughout the years, a variety of issues caused distracted driving - the act of taking eyes off the road or hands off the wheel or losing focus. Read on to learn more about the various distractions and the safety innovations that are leading to improvements on the road.
• Having a pet (not in a carrier) as a passenger
• Adjusting controls such as temperature or audio
• Eating or drinking
• Losing focus on the road due to diverting attention to an accident, a traffic stop, or construction
• Current Driving Distractions
Obviously, the biggest offender in terms of distracted driving is the cell phone. Regardless of all the evidence against it, millions still choose to use one while driving. Studies show that at any moment throughout the day, there are approximately 660,000 people using a cell phone or other electronic device while driving.
• Changing radio stations or adjusting the CD player
• Applying makeup or grooming
• Interacting with children/pets
• Attempting to read a map or directions
• Talking with passengers
One company offering innovative safety technology is Ford. The vehicle utilizes a special system, SYNC, which allows you to dial numbers and answer calls while keeping both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road. Going to a dealership like Rebel Ford is a great way to check out new safety features and technology.
All in all, it is crucial to commit 100% of your attention to driving when behind the wheel. Any distraction can have life-threatening effects.