If you were to take a few minutes out of your day and stand along one of Atlanta’s busiest roads, observing the drivers as they pass by, you’d notice a very disturbing trend. Just about every other driver is distracted. Whether it’s texting on a cell phone, eating or drinking, adjusting the car stereo or talking with someone in the vehicle, it seems like hardly anyone is focused on driving. Distracted driving has been the top cause of Atlanta collisions for years and it still remains so.
While laws have been passed to curb the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving, distracted driving is still prevalent throughout Atlanta. Some attempt to conceal their electronic devices when using them behind the wheel. Others display an outright neglect for the law.
State Farm conducted research to show just how dangerous our roads are becoming, not only for fellow drivers but also for pedestrians, joggers, bikers and motorcyclists.
State Farm’s studies show that over one quarter of all drivers admit that they access the web while driving. This represents double the percentage of drivers who admitted to such behavior in 2009. Exactly 25% of drivers surveyed admit to reading e-mail while driving. This is a jump of 10% compared to those surveyed in 2009. The discouraging truth is that the number of drivers who use their smartphones while driving has increased over the past 6 years. As people become more addicted to technology, the chances of them using electronic devices while driving will only continue to increase.
While there is a silver lining in these statistics that shows motorists have reduced the amount of time they talk on the phone while driving, they’ve simply substituted the use of e-mail, instant messages and social networks for talk time. Unfortunately, this means that the roads are more dangerous now than ever. It is much more unsafe to text, browse the web, read e-mails and interact on social networks while driving than it is to talk on the phone.
If you get the itch to use your smartphone while driving, don’t give in. Although we live in a society of immediate gratification, we must exhibit some self-control.
Whenever you feel the urge to send a text message, read an e-mail or post something on a social network when driving, pull over to the side of the road and put your emergency flashers on. Or, pull into a parking lot and access your phone once you are safely away from traffic. This way, you won’t put yourself and other drivers at risk.
If you think that you’ll be tempted to pull your phone out of your pocket or purse when you get a call during a drive, plan ahead. Turn off your phone before you enter your vehicle to eliminate temptation. Remember, you can always turn it right back on when you reach your destination. Whoever is calling or texting will respect your decision to drive with your full focus on the road.
Still not enough? The following video demostrates why you need to be fully focused on driving when behind the wheel:
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