In September of 2017, the state of Texas enacted a statewide ban on texting while driving in an effort to curb automobile accidents caused by distracted driving. Though the law explicitly discusses texting on one’s mobile device, it does not mention texting or interacting with wearable technology while driving. Now, a recent study done by the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA) revealed wearable devices are just as distracting.
Millions of Americans get behind the wheel of a vehicle every day. While some people drive responsibly, others are juggling multiple tasks while driving. To understand why distracted driving is so incredibly dangerous, drivers need to know about the three-second rule for driving.
Most people know speeding is an incredibly risky driving behavior, but it isn’t the only speed-related driving behavior that can cause car accidents. Driving too slow can actually cause just as severe of motor vehicle accidents as driving too fast. While many people wrongfully assume driving slower means driving safer, the reality is driving five miles per hour slower than the traffic around you is actually more dangerous than going five miles per hour faster than surrounding traffic. This makes driving slow in the fast lane incredibly dangerous.
According to the Pew Research Center, over 95% of Americans now own at least one cell phone. While cell phones allow for greater communication, they are having a devastating effect on driving safety. Many drivers use their cell phones while driving and it’s causing an astonishing number of car accidents. Data from the National Safety Council revealed a distracted driver using a cell phone causes one in every four car crashes.
Graduating high school is a momentous occasion in any teenager’s life; and, prom is one of the most memorable events leading up to graduation. Although many teenagers enjoy prom responsibly, the reality is prom can be a very dangerous time. In their excitement, teenagers might make poor decisions that could not only affect themselves, but also others.
Using a cell phone while driving is incredibly dangerous. Each year, thousands of drivers using their cell phone while driving cause car accidents resulting in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Although most people know texting while driving is unsafe, many Texas drivers engage in this risky behavior anyway. However, Texas legislators are doing everything in their power to bring an end to car accidents caused by texting drivers.
Seatbelts are the most fundamental safety features in cars and other motor vehicles. However, unlike airbags and other safety features, seatbelt use is entirely up to the driver or passenger. Many people hop into cars and start driving or riding without ever thinking about buckling their seatbelts, but this deprives them of the one safety feature that could save their lives.
Driving comes with many risks and it is a driver’s responsibility to do everything in his or her power to minimize these risks by driving safely. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen and some drivers are worse than others.