Dangers Of Distracted Driving

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While there are many dangers people worry about on the road, many of those dangers include distractions or habits that can be easily stopped and crashes related to those distractions could be stopped if the habits were broken. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, and 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1.9 million injuries and crashes could be avoided if cell phone use and habits were stopped or cracked down on. There are different types of distracted driving including visual, cognitive, and manual, cell phone use includes all three. Visual distractions include texting while driving, rubbernecking, changing music, looking in…show more content…
Distracted driving is defined as “the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a cellular phone or other electronic device”. It basically translates to if any activity is being conducted that takes the drivers attention away from the road, that is a classification of distracted driving. Examples of distracted driving include, texting, using a cell phone, taking a selfie, using a hand held device, adjusting the radio or music system, watching a video or going through pictures, adjusting the navigation system, reading, talking to passengers and doing ones hair or makeup even. Some of these examples might sound ridiculous, but they all do contribute to distracted driving in one-way shape or form. There are three types of distracted driving. These are, visual, manual and cognitive. Visual distractions are when you take your eyes of the road. Manual distractions are when you take your hands of the wheel. Cognitive distractions are when you take your mind of the task of driving. Texting is a form of all three. Distracted driving is so dangerous because it not only affects the driver, but the passengers and the
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