DISTRACTED DRIVING

The unofficial end of summer is just around the corner, and many people will be spending their holiday weekend driving to the lake, the beach, cookouts and ballgames … one last hurrah for summer!

 

HOW DO CELL PHONES PLAY A ROLE IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS?

Will the driver next to you be talking on the cell phone, checking their navigation system, eating, drinking or calming children down in the backseat?  It is widely known that multi-tasking while driving is never a good idea, though many call it being productive!  And, while most people know that texting while driving is very dangerous, many don’t realize that having a cell phone conversation is also risky.

The National Safety Council currently estimates that people talking on cell phones while driving are involved in 21% of all traffic crashes in the United States.   Research suggests that drivers talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones are 4 times as likely to be involved in a car crash as those drivers who do not. Handheld or hands-free talking are both risky because the distraction to the brain remains.  This is called “inattention blindness” and is marked by drivers missing up to 50% of their surroundings. *

 

WHAT ARE OTHER LEADING CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS?

Just as cell phones distract drivers, so does eating and drinking. Findings from Lytx, a leader in video driver safety technology, suggests that drivers who are eating and drinking while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be in a car crash than those who are not.

Alcohol related accidents are another major cause of accidents in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Impaired Driving Fact Sheetone third of all traffic accident related deaths in the US are attributed to alcohol.

So as you are out and about this labor day weekend, make sure that you are being safe. Call a cab, be the designated driver, or just stay put!

 

SO HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY LABOR DAY!!

There is no doubt that Americans today have an obsession with smart phones, tablets and all things technology.  Technology allows us to stay connected to the world around us.

Technology can both help and hinder, though.  The smart driver will reduce his/her risk by limiting the distractions from smart phones and all other things that draw attention from the road.  So, when the children ask, “Are we there yet?” for the 20th time, you can reply “Yes, finally”, and think to yourself “and safely.”

So from all of us at Frank E Neal & Co., Inc., we wish you a safe and happy Labor Day!


Sources

Distraction.gov