Distracted Driving Still Dangerous. When Will Drivers Change?

Distracted driving is a dangerous problem in Radcliff, Elizabethtown and throughout Kentucky. Safety campaigns continue to raise awareness of the dangers of using a cellphone while driving and other distractions behind the wheel. Unfortunately, distracted driving continues to cause serious and fatal car accidents across the country.

Study finds that all drivers are to blame for distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that fatal accidents caused by distractions may be increasing. In 2015, nearly 3,500 people were killed in distracted driving-related accidents in the United States.

Who is responsible for these accidents? Everyone, according to a new study. A study by Zendrive, a driving analytics company, found that motorists use their cell phones 88 percent of the time they are driving. To get more specific, the researchers reported that the average driver uses their cell phone for 3.5 minutes every hour. This is concerning, especially since being distracted for a mere two-second increase the likelihood of an accident by 20 percent.

The study found that laws prohibiting motorists from using a cellphone while driving have helped to improve safety. However, more needs to be done to prevent distracted driving.

What can drivers do to stay safe?

All drivers need to take steps to prevent distractions behind the wheel. The AAA has some tips to avoid distractions behind the wheel. Tips to consider include:

  • Adjust your settings before you start driving. This includes your seat, mirrors, GPS, climate control and sound settings.
  • Keep your electronic devices out of reach or turn them off. Do not send or read text messages, emails or browse the Internet on your mobile device while driving.
  • Pullover if you need to take care of your children or pets.
  • Ask passengers to help you focus on the road.

Every person plays a role in preventing distracted-related car accidents. Drivers and passengers should be aware of the common distractions and make an effort to prevent distractions every time they are in the vehicle.