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13/06/2017

The dangers of distracted driving

What can happen in a second? A bullet can travel 900m, a snail can move 1cm in the rain, lightning strikes six times, a bee beats its wings 270 times, and 2 393 470 emails are sent per second. If all that can happen in a second, what can happen in the time you take your eyes off the road?

According to the United States Department of Transportation, in 2015 alone, 3 477 people died and 391 000 people were injured due to the drivers being distracted. That’s in the US alone and only because of distractions.

It’s all too easy to quickly glance away from the road to do something while driving, but what will that cost you?

Distractions while driving include:

  • Talking on your cell phone
  • Sending or reading a text message or email
  • Looking at your passengers
  • Changing clothes
  • Eating and drinking
  • Searching for something
  • Fiddling with the radio
  • Applying make-up
  • Working on your GPS
  • Being overtired and sleepy
  • Being medicated or intoxicated

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