Texting and Driving: An Ongoing Issue

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“Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.” – NHTSA

Safety is a big issue for our team at Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk. From properly maintaining vehicles, to providing tips and advice for managing hazardous road conditions, our goal is to provide our valued customers, staff, and team members with the information and resources to increase their safety on the road and behind the wheel.

Today we’re going to tackle that tough topic of distracted driving, specifically texting while driving.

Sources of Distraction While Driving

Cell phone use, and texting while driving in particular, is the number one cause of distracted driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling it an epidemic. But distractions go beyond smart phones to include eating or drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading maps, or adjusting car controls (climate, radio, navigation or entertainment systems.) As the NHTSA description above simply states, it is ANY activity that takes the driver’s focus away from the task of driving.

How Texting and Driving Distracts Us

One-third of drivers have admitted to texting while driving. The justifications are rampant. We think it’s just one sentence. We can do it quickly. We’ve done it a thousand times before. But the statistics don’t lie. If you text and drive, the likelihood of being involved in an accident significantly increases. The reason texting is so much worse than other distractions is because it distracts in three unique and comprehensive ways:

  • Visual distraction: You take your eyes off the road
  • Manual distraction: You take your hands off of the steering wheel
  • Cognitive distraction: You take your mind off of driving

Bottom line, don’t text and drive. Massachusetts and Rhode Island already have specific laws on the books making it illegal. In fact, Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk has sponsored an annual Teen Distracted Driving Summit that specifically addresses the risks and dangers associated with texting and driving to keep teens informed and educated, so that they can pledge to never text and drive. Join us in keeping the roads safe–don’t text and drive!

 

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