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Distracted Driving Is a Serious Threat to Safety

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shutterstock_232671757-300x200The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study showing significant evidence that distracted driving is an epidemic causing more serious traffic accidents among teen drivers than previously known – playing a role in 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes. That number is four times that of official estimates stemming from police reports.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), distracted driving describes anything that takes your attention away from the act of driving. The list of distractions isn’t limited to texting. In fact, it’s an issue that predates cell phones entirely. Beyond chatting on the phone or texting, distractions include acts as simple as having a conversation with a passenger, singing, applying make-up, reaching for an object, using a knee to steer or even thinking about something other than driving. The CDC attributes nine deaths and more than 1,153 injuries daily to accidents involving a distracted driver.

It’s evident that the more limited the driver distraction, the safer the driver. Keeping this in mind every time you sit behind the wheel will help keep you and your passengers safe.

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