Distracted driving continues to rise throughout the United States as more drivers turn to their phones while behind the wheel. Whether people are texting while driving, talking on the phone or even looking at social media, using your phone while driving can be extremely dangerous.
In 2016, approximately 3,450 people were killed—and 391,000 were injured—in motor vehicle accidents related to distracted driving.
To put distracted driving in perspective, consider that taking your eyes off the road for a mere five seconds at 55 MPH is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
While other factors certainly contribute, cell phone use behind the wheel remains one of the most-common causes of accidents linked to distracted driving. A reported 481,000 drivers use their cell phones while driving during daylight hours—creating an enormous potential for fatal accidents.
Arkansas law prohibits the use of a hand-held cell phone for texting, typing, email or accessing the internet while driving, regardless of the driver’s age.
Accidents caused by distracted driving are preventable. The following tips can help ensure you make it to your destination safely:
- Never Use Your Phone While Driving: Only use your cell phone behind the wheel in an emergency. If possible, always pull off the road to make a call or send a text. Even hands-free devices can be distracting and dangerous.
- Avoid Multitasking: Keep your focus on the road. Avoid changing your music, updating your GPS, calling friends, or eating. Make sure you are settled before starting your drive.
- Don’t Drive Drowsy: If you feel tired while driving, get off the road as soon as possible. Get the rest your body requires. Never rush. Never try to push yourself to your destination.
- Limit Your Number of Passengers: Multiple passengers can cause multiple distractions—creating a dangerous driving environment. Limit your number of passengers—or even drive solo if possible.
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