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The Risks of Distracted Driving

When you take your eyes off the road, what are the dangers and risks that you don’t see?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80 percent of all traffic accidents are the direct result of distracted driving. Distractions take a motorist’s attention off of the road and off driving. This can cause a driver to miss events, objects, and cues which could potentially lead to a crash. Distracted drivers not only put themselves at risk, but everyone else who is sharing the road with them. Of those 80 percent of crashes, 10 percent of those end up being fatal, resulting in over 3,000 deaths every year. That’s too many innocent lives lost due to a completely avoidable situation. Become aware of the risks of distracted driving and do everything in your power to avoid this truly tragic and avoidable dangerous habit.

What is distracted driving?

The answer is in the question itself, really. Distracted driving is driving while your attention lies in any thing over than the road in front of you. Things like reading billboards, checking yourself in the mirror, looking at other crashes, texting, phone calls, eating, tuning the radio, talking with other passengers, etc. It’s of utter importance to keep 100 percent of your attention on the road to best reduce your chances of accident.

How risky is distracted driving?

Let’s say you’re driving 60 mph and take your eyes of the road to finish that text (that will only read “Lol”), you travel the distance of an entire football field in about 3 seconds! A lot can happen in 100 yards, especially when you are traveling at high speeds.

Keeping your eyes on the road will keep you driving safely, and may end up avoiding a life-altering car crash. To get an auto insurance quote from Fox Insurance Agency for Beaverton Oregon, Portland Oregon, or elsewhere, call or use our free online service today.