UPDATED: 6 FEBRUARY 2017. Originally published March 2010
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In 2010, the US Dept. of Transportation determined that driving while distracted is such a widespread danger that the problem deserves its own Website.
The US DOT and NHTSA — “National Highway Traffic Safety Administration” for those playing at home — created www.distraction.gov, a place where drivers can educate themselves about just how dangerous it can be to drive without giving the task the attention it deserves.
Despite all the attention given to the dangers of distracted drivers in recent years, they still pose a threat. According to the CDC, on a daily basis in the USA collisions involving a distracted driver kill 8 people and injure more than 1100.
There’s even reason to believe that distracted drivers can be more dangerous than drunk drivers. Over recent years, the number of drunk driving fatalities has gone down while distracted driving fatalities have increased.
Three Types of Distracted Driving
The DOT Website identifies three types of distracted driving:
- visual distraction
taking your eyes off of the road
- manual distraction
taking your hands off of the wheel
- mental distraction
letting your mind focus on something other than your driving
Which of the three is the most prevalent — or the most dangerous — is largely a matter of opinion, but they’re all risky. A moving car with a distracted driver is basically a missile aimed at pretty much anything.
And this line is especially telling: “While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction.”
Distracted Drivers are a Serious Danger
At ComedyGuys.com Defensive Driving, we take distracted driving very seriously, too. In our training, we see the statistics, and in our classes we hear the horror stories.
Whether you take our online driving safety class or take our defensive driving class at one of our more than 30 locations in Texas, we’ll spend time discussing the dangers of driving while distracted and do our best to make safer drivers out of our students.