Come on, do you really think we’d encourage you to steer your eyes off the road while driving? When it comes to multitasking, Americans are one of a kind. Just look to your left and right next time you’re at a stoplight. You’ll likely spot someone yammering on their cell, another fiddling with the radio, someone else breaking up a fight between the kids in the backseat, and another doing all three.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that’s held steady since 2010. That’s quite a few unfocused drivers.
What happens to those unfocused drivers? “Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver,” cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With all these multitasking maniacs on the road, here are some tips to stay safe and alert:
In addition to getting in an accident, you could also receive a hefty fine for distracted driving. Many states have already passed legislation prohibiting cell-phones (even hands-free devices) and other distracting activities like personal grooming, reading, and writing. For specific information on your state’s laws, visit distraction.gov.