The typical American spends an average of 37,935 hours during their lifetime driving a vehicle, according to a study performed by the Harvard Health Watch. According to these statistics, an individual drives a vehicle 101 minutes a day. While Americans are busier than ever before, multitasking is crucial to accomplishing all the tasks that must be performed throughout the day. This has become one of the leading reasons for distracted driving.
Distracted driving has caused millions of auto accidents, many of which have been fatal. Any driver that engages in activity that prevents them from giving their full attention to the roadway is guilty of distracted driving. Examples would be eating, texting, speaking on a cell phone that is not a hands-free device, applying makeup, and allowing passengers to be a distraction.
Several researchers believe that the increased technology of smartphones is a direct link to the increased distracted driving accidents. The ability to communicate with other people for business or personal purposes at nearly anytime in nearly any location is wonderful. However, using a cell phone while driving is very dangerous. In fact, researchers have determined that driving while texting is just as deadly as driving under the influence of alcohol. It is important to follow all safety precautions while driving and commit to being a safe driver.
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