Distracted driving is more dangerous than you might think; in fact, it’s become even more of a problem now that everyone has a smartphone. It’s estimated that over 37,000 people die in car crashes every year in the U.S. alone. Every day, 1,161 people are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver. Because of how serious the problem is, April has been named as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in an attempt to minimize distracted driving.
The Types of Distracted Driving
There are three main types of distracted driving. All of them increase the risk of getting into an accident. They include the following:
- Manual distractions – When you move your hands away from the wheel to grab a soda from your drink carrier.
- Visual distractions – When you take your eyes off the road.
- Cognitive distractions – When your mind wanders from the task of driving.
How Dangerous is Distracted Driving?
Texting involves all three types of distracted driving. Yet many drivers will still try to type texts on their phones as they are driving. Texting isn’t the only thing that distracts drivers either – messing with the radio, looking at the GPS, trying to charge your smartphone; these all are activities that can distract you from the road. The following reveals just how serious a problem distracted driving is:
- There are more than 330,000 accidents a year that are caused by texting and driving. This means that 25 percent of all car accidents in the U.S. are a result of texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is actually more dangerous than drinking while driving. In fact, you are six times more likely to get into an accident if you are texting while driving than if you are drinking while driving.
As you can see, distracted driving is one of the biggest dangers on the road, which is why April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Make sure you’re properly insured in case you’re in a car accident. To find the right health plan for you, be sure to contact us at The Benefits Store.