We’ve all been distracted while driving. If we miss an offramp while enabling GPS or quickly text a friend when stuck in traffic, we’re distracted. When we’re chatting with a friend in the passenger seat and miss a turn or eat a burger on the way home from work and almost miss seeing a stop sign, we’re distracted.
Some acts of distraction are potentially more dangerous than others, but the bottom line is simple:
Even a brief glance at a smartphone or electronic dashboard device can cause a life to be lost. In that second, a pedestrian could step off a sidewalk early. In the mere span of 5 seconds while traveling at 55 mph, a car travels the length of an entire football field. Now amplify that by the number of vehicles next to you on a busy highway or interstate.
Do you know how many people died in car crashes caused by distracted drivers in 2015? The statistics may surprise you. In an era where we never go anywhere without our smartphones, distracted driving is a serious concern.
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