Distracted driving causes way too many accidents every year. If you are serious about completing truck-driving school and obtaining your CDL, it is important to understand the dangers of distracted driving:
Fatalities and Injuries
In 2013 alone, 3,154 people were killed in car accidents that involved at least one distracted driver. 424,000 other people were injured in these accidents. Texting, talking on the phone, eating, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a GPS, and adjusting the music can all distract a driver long enough to hinder reaction time and lead to an accident. About 10 percent of drivers under 20 that are involved in fatal accidents were distracted at the time of the collision.
Cell Phones While Driving
At any second of the day, there are about 660,000 drivers in America who are using cell phones or other electronic devices as they drive. Anyone who does a visual or a manual subtask like texting or even just reaching for the phone increases the risk of an accident by three times. Keep your attention focused on the road while you drive to decrease your risk of getting involved in an accident because of distracted driving.
One Small Distraction Leads to One Big Problem
The average person only takes their eyes off the road for five seconds when reading a text message. Although that does not seem like a significant amount of time, if you are traveling at 55mph, you can travel the distance of a blindfold while you are glancing at your phone. Do not risk it. Keep your eyes on the road at all times when you are behind the wheel.
At Phoenix Truck Driving School, we want to help you become the safest driver you can be. Our programs give you the knowledge you need to safely and smartly operate a commercial vehicle. To learn more about our program and how to apply, visit us online or call (877) 205-5372.