How Dangerous is Distracted Driving

Keep your hands on the wheel and stay alert!

Keep your hands on the wheel and stay alert!

All of us have gotten distracted at one point or another without realizing how dangerous it actually was.

Highway safety experts put the blame on inattentive drivers for approximately 80 percent of all car accidents. Most distracted drivers only take their eyes off the road for only a few seconds, which may not sound like it’ll do much, but has real life consequences. So with just a few seconds of extra attentiveness, we could eliminate approximately 80 percent of all car crashes around the U.S.

But how can a few seconds be responsible for 80 percent of all crashes? In our everyday lives, not a lot can happen when you’re walking forward. These are speeds which we have been accustomed to (3 to 6 mph). When we’re driving, we’re pushing speeds of to 30-70 mph! Our perception of time and distance is altered. Within a few seconds, we’ve travelled the distance of a football field, something that would take us a little under a minute to traverse! That’s a lot of room for error.

So by keeping your eyes on the road for the entire length of your drive, you eliminate any room for error.

It’s not just our phones, though . . .

We all know that texting and driving is a dangerous and lethal combination. But it’s not just our phones that cause distractions.

  • Adjusting the radio or other dashboard devices
  • Listening to, looking at, or adjusting GPS navigation systems
  • Reading signs and looking at “TV-style” billboards
  • Handling kids in the back seat
  • Catching a falling beverage cup
  • Eating/snacking while driving
  • Simply daydreaming or just listening to the radio

Keeping your eyes on the road is the smart thing to do. Being a safe driver will help you avoid high auto insurance premiums! To learn more about how you can pay less for your auto insurance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, contact Miller Insurance Associates.