Concluding our blog series 6 Distracted Driving Myths Debunked for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, below, we will dispel a few more misconceptions about distracted driving.
The Facts behind More Distracted Driving Myths
Myth 5: Looking at my phone just to read a text for a few seconds isn’t risky.
Fact: Although you may think that a slight glance at a phone is not a big deal, the truth is that this can dramatically increase your risk of collisions. In fact, depending on how fast you are going when you glance at your phone, you could miss seeing as much as 300 feet of roadway, as well as all of the important traffic cues (like brake lights, signage, etc.) in between.
Additionally, when diverting your eyes from the road for even just a few seconds, you are far more likely to drive outside of your lane of traffic – and this can have extremely dangerous (if not deadly) consequences when this leads to driving into oncoming traffic.
Myth 6: I don’t use my cellphone when driving – I use hands-free devices, so I’m safe.
Fact: Not at all. In fact, hands-free devices have been found by some research to be as distracting and risky to use as hand-held devices when driving. This is because both hands-free and hand-held devices can cause a phenomenon known as inattention blindness. This means that, while drivers may look, they miss actually seeing and being aware of the surrounding environment (including changing traffic signals and pedestrians).
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), this can mean that motorists who use hands-free or hand-held devices to talk on cellphones can miss seeing as much as 50 percent of their driving environments.
What do you think about these distracted driving myths? Have they compelled you to take the NSC’s pledge to drive cell free for Distracted Driving Awareness Month (and beyond)? Share your thoughts and comments with us on social media.
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