Next month, federal transportation regulators will be sponsoring National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to point out the serious dangers associated with this growing problem and try to eliminate them. Backed by the National Safety Council (NSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Distracted Driving Awareness Month will involve:
- Conducting various education campaigns, including local public service announcements and online webinars
- Calling for motorists to take the pledge to put down their cellphones and reduce their distractions when driving
- Elevated enforcement efforts to cite motorists who violate texting while driving laws.
3 Distracted Driving Myths Dispelled for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
To support National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, here, we will do our part by debunking a few of the most common and dangerous myths about this behavior:
Myth 1 – Looking at my cellphone for just a few seconds isn’t risky or dangerous.
Fact – This is entirely false! In fact, when motorists are traveling at higher speeds, diverting their vision from the road – even if it’s just for a few seconds – can mean that they miss seeing as much as a half a football field of roadway. Within this seemingly inconsequential timeframe, it’s possible and common for motorists to drive out of their lanes of traffic and miss important cues, such as changing intersection signals, road signage, etc.
Myth 2 – Distracted driving is only a problem for teens.
Fact – Again, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In actuality, distracted driving plays a role in as much as 23 percent of all traffic accidents that occur each year in the U.S. This means that distracted driving is pervasive among motorists of all ages – and that ongoing education efforts to highlight the serious risks of distracted driving are important and necessary.
Myth 3 – Hands-free devices are safer to use than cellphones.
Fact – Again, this is completely wrong. In fact, as recent research has indicated:
- Using hands-free devices can be just as distracting as using handheld devices when driving.
- When motorists use hand-held cellphones or hands-free devices, they can miss seeing as much as 50 percent of the crucial driving cues in their vicinity.
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