Our lives are supposed to be made more convenient by the advance of technology, but we seem to be distracted to an ever greater degree in trying to meet our everyday priorities and obligations. To juggle the demands of our friends and loved ones, our work and the rest of our schedule, we'll often resort to "multitasking." One place to avoid multitasking, however, is the driver's seat of your car - your safety and your life, as well as those of others, are on the line.
Year after year, distracted driving is a top cause of automobile accidents in the United States - precisely because people are engaged in all sorts of activities other than driving while behind the wheel. A recent study conducted by Erie Insurance shows the tragic consequences of this trend. Compiling data from 2011 and 2012, the company found that of the 65,000 people who died in car crashes in those two years, at least 10% had been driving distracted. Of that number, it was found that 62% had their minds on other matters or were just daydreaming. The insurance specialists then gave a full breakdown of what distracts people most when on the road:
As the study points out, cell phone use (texting, etc.) comes in as the second leading cause of distracted driving-related accidents. Any number of other things both inside and outside the car can draw away our attention from the road, but it's critically important on keeping focused on what matters most: our safety, our family's safety and the well-being of those around us. Let's all stay safe out there and make sure we get to our destination healthy and in one piece.