|By Member Joyce Shry|
|April 26, 2021|
Though traffic has dropped significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our roads have only gotten more dangerous according to the National Safety Council. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system or anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
According to the National Safety Council, on a typical day, more than 700 people are still injured in distracted driving crashes. Talking on a cell phone – even hands-free – or texting or programming a system diverts your attention away from driving.
New technology in vehicles is causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. Drivers believe if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. And, with some state laws focusing on handheld bans, many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device. But in fact, these technologies distract our brains even long after you've used them. This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.
Make no mistake: Distractive Driving is an epidemic!