Distracted Driving: The Unseen Risks

Distracted Driving: The Risk Unseen

You wouldn’t start running with your eyes closed, so why do the same while you’re driving?

Highway safety experts blame inattentive and distracted driving for 80 percent of all car accidents. So with just a few extra seconds of keeping your eyes on the road and additional awareness, we have the potential to stop 80 percent of all car crashes. That’s a huge number for something that is so easily preventable.

How can just a few seconds make that much of a difference? You may be asking yourself at the moment. The average speed on the highway is about 60 mph, or 1 mile per minute. If you do the math, that’s 88 feet every second, and in just under 3.5 seconds you’ve traveled the length of an entire football field! A car with a distracted driver who fails to see the stopped traffic ahead would travel nearly 50 yards in the time it took you type in that smiley face and flex emoji, resulting in a rather unsightly crash.

It’s not just our phones, though.

We all know how dangerous texting and driving is, but anything that diverts our attention from the road is a danger to your safety and the safety of those sharing the road with you. How many distractions occur in the course of the most simplest of trips?

  • eating/snacking while driving
  • daydreaming or just listening to the radio
  • adjusting radios or other dashboard devices
  • handling kids in the back seat
  • catching a falling beverage cup
  • listening to, looking at or adjusting GPS navigation systems
  • reading signs and looking at “TV-style” billboards

It’s important to be aware of what causes accidents so you can best avoid them and keep your eyes on the road. Remember, with just a few more seconds of awareness each and every car ride we can rid ourselves of 80 percent of unnecessary crashes. Purchasing the right car insurance will cover you in the case of an accident, but it’s best to keep your eyes on the road and do your best to avoid a collision altogether. For policies across the globe, Contact the independent insurance professionals at Lloyd S. Berkett Insurance Agency in Los Angeles for all of your insurance needs.

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