April is Distracted Awareness Month!
How do people really feel about Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities. At the time of fatal crashes, teens have been the largest age group that reported being distracted while driving. Driver distraction is reported to be responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
There are three main types of distractions:
1. Manual : taking your hands off the wheel
2. Visual : taking your eyes off the road
3. Cognitive : taking your mind off driving
- Texting takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 MPH, that’s like driving an entire football field blindfolded.
- Cell phone use was reported in 18% of distraction-related fatalities in America.
- 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
- For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones.
- A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.