AAA Warns Floridians of Distracted Driving Accidents
FLORIDA- AAA is warning motorists regarding the dangers of distracted driving, according to NEWS4JAX.COM. The State of Florida, in recent years, recorded a historically high number of annual distracted driving accidents with over 200 distracted driving crashes, which resulted in 231 fatalities. October is the national distracted driving awareness month, and AAA is pointing out that distracted driving includes many behaviors other than using cell phones while behind the wheel. Nationally close to 3,000 people die in distracted driving crashes every year. In total, about 400,000 collisions are caused by distracted drivers annually.
One commonly cited distracted driving statistic is that when a motorist reads a text, a motorist generally remove their eyes from the road for five seconds. In that amount of time, it is possible that a driver will cover the distance of a football field. Five seconds might not sound like a particularly long time, but looking away from the road for even two seconds increases the risk of a crash by two times.
AAA also points out that when the driver is dialing a phone, changing the radio station, or texting, the mental distraction lasts longer than the activity in which they are engaged. In fact, mental distractions will last up to 27 seconds. These concerns are even more pronounced when the drivers are teenagers. Teen drivers are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal collision, as are drivers who are young adults.
AAA explains that distracted driving is a life-threatening activity. In order to avoid the temptation to engage in a behavior that will take your focus away from the road, AAA states that you should set your GPS, adjust your mirrors, and turn on your music before you begin to drive. It is a good idea to also put away electronic devices so they are out of your sight. If you are driving with a passenger, let that person take care of any texting or other activities so that you can stay focused on the roadway.
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