It’s crazy to think that in a few weeks, that I will be having a teenager getting his temps! (When did that happen??) Did you know that April was “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.” We were not able to share the below stats with you last month but we thought that distracted driving continues to be an important topic that affects all of us. These stats were given to us courtesy of State Auto Insurance:
Distracted Driving Stats
Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. – CDC
One in four drivers was on a phone just before a crash – Cambridge Mobile Telematics
There are three main types of distraction:
Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving. – CDC
One text increases your chances of crashing by 6x – University of Utah
Most teens say they think it’s okay to drive distracted because they’ve seen their parents do it. 55% of parents admitted to checking their mobile devices while driving – University of Michigan
In 2015, 3,477 people were killed by distracted driving, 391,000 injured. – NHTSA
660,000 – estimated number of drivers using electronic devices while driving during the day. – NHTSA
Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. – NHTSA
Between 2005 and 2012, the number of drunk driving fatalities per person decreased 28%. In the same time period, the percentage of people observed “visibly manipulating” their phones while driving increased a staggering 650%.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, drivers under 25 are three times more likely as older drivers to text while driving. Young people are less likely to consider texting and driving to be unsafe: 60% of 18-20 year olds reported sending texts while driving to be “very unsafe,” compared to 95% for those over 45.
So after reading this, I was thinking about the advice to give my teenage driver. Possibly, putting the phone in the glove compartment till you get to your destination to avoid texting distraction. Emphasizing that your life is “more important than that text.” Another tip, I would suggest would be to put your phone on “silent” so you won’t be tempted to look at your phone. (Obviously, this advice can given to adults as well! )
Full Disclosure: Social Moms Around Columbus was given Drop Stops in collaboration with State Auto Insurance for awareness of Distracted Driving Statistics.