Texting and Driving is Not Wreckommended
If you haven’t already noticed, distracted driving is the number one reason automobile accidents occur in the United States. Not to mention, texting and driving is quickly becoming one of the top causes of death. In 2011 alone, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones – equaling 1.3 million crashes. The average text message takes about five seconds to complete. If someone was driving at the rate of 55 mph, then five seconds would equal the length of a football field without looking at the road. The odds go up when texting and driving. You’re 1.3 times more likely to crash while talking on the phone, 2.8 times more likely to crash when dialing, but 23 times more likely to crash while texting and driving.
Technology can assist with increasing safe driving behaviors. Devices such as drivecams monitor a driver’s activity and provide real-time feedback. Drivecams can also monitor the rate of acceleration, speed of turns, “hard” stops and also record video prior to an accident. AT&T with Samsung offer AT&T Drive Mode that is an anti-texting and driving mobile app. Similarly, Verizon and Fleetmatics have joined to deliver comprehensive fleet management solutions. Other technology enhancements include purchasing vehicles that have driver assistance options. Driver assistance options allows the vehicle to detect pedestrians, blind-spot monitoring, active cruise control and park distance control.
Distracted driving continues to plague automobile coverage and is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. However, through the use continuous awareness, training and technology, drivers can become safer. Every organization’s fleet management policy should prohibit the use of cell phones. For assistance with fleet management policy, please reach out to your Assurance Safety Advocate.
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