Distracted Driving and Safety Essay

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When a driver takes his eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind away from focusing on the road the driver has become distracted and may not even realize it causing danger to any passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers. The reaction time of a distracted driver decreases along with the driver’s awareness of the surrounding cars, signs, and traffic signals. Also when a driver’s focus is not 100 percent on the road, the risk of losing control of the vehicle increases. Although television commercials, articles, and events make us believe that teenagers are always the drivers that are distracted while operating a motored vehicle when actually recent studies have shown all ages can become distracted by a number of things while driving. …show more content…
Maybe we need to come up with stricter rules about texting while driving because if we don’t do something more innocent people will be hurt or even dead. Texting while driving is not the only distraction that a driver can have. A manual distraction is when the driver takes their hands on the wheel to do something.
As I was driving back to school from home last weekend I was constantly scanning the radio stations for something that I wanted to listen to. I kept taking my eyes off the road and my total focus was not on driving. I had become a distracted driver. I realized this when I was more worried about the radio that I was the road and missed my exit. No one was hurt in my example, however I do see how someone could get hurt. Since I had one hand messing with radio then I only have one on the steering wheel, which is not a reliable as having both hands on the wheel. We as humans sometimes get it in our heads that we can do anything and nothing will happen. By changing the radio station and taking our hands off the wheel we are increasing our chances of something bad happening to us or causing an accident. Along with messing with the radio we can easily become distracted by eating, drinking, smoking, and of course texting (Alosco). No matter the age that a driver is we are all guilty of at least one of them if not all. All these things can be considered a manual distraction because we are doing something with our hands to become distracted (Adeola).

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