The government’s web page on distracted driving points out that 3,179 people were killed, and more than 431,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving in 2014. Those figures place the problem second only to drunk driving, which killed 9,967 people during the same year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The leading causes of distracted driving include texting, talking on a mobile phone, adjusting an electronic device such as a car radio or CD player, eating or drinking, or even watching a video. The things that some people will do when they should be paying attention to the road can be mind numbing.
Operating a nearly two-ton motor vehicle at speeds up to 65 miles an hour on the road with other vehicles is no joke. Often things happen on the road that requires split-second reactions to avoid. The act of taking one’s attention off the road even for a second can lead to a crash that will render your vehicle a twisted mass of metal and you and your passengers mangled flesh, dead or seriously injured.
To avoid distracted driving Pinnacle Insurance Agency of MN serving Coon Rapids, MN suggests a couple of common-sense procedures.
Have a passenger attend to fiddling with electronics, including using the phone, texting people, and adjusting the radio, CD player, or GPS. Anyone who calls you while you are on the road can wait to speak to you directly when you have reached your destination. If the call is urgent, pull over to the side of the road.
Do not eat, drink, watch a video, or do anything that distracts you from driving. It can wait.
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