|All eyes on the road: avoid common driving distractions|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Distracted driving can be very dangerous. Diverting one’s attention from the road for mere seconds can have serious, and potentially fatal, consequences.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found distracted driving kills more than 15 people each day while injuring more than 1,200.
Any activity that takes attention away from driving is considered a distraction. These include taking one’s hands off the wheel, daydreaming or engaging in any behavior that takes one’s eyes off the road.
Certain activities are known distractions, and understanding which habits can be dangerous and making strides to correct behaviors can help save lives, prevent injuries and reduce accident-related expenses.
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute indicates 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes in the United States involve some form of driver distraction. This distraction took place a mere three seconds before the vehicle crash.
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