Although it’s one of the most dangerous forms of distraction, texting and driving is not the only activity that puts you at risk.
Distractions happen when you are using your cell phone hands-free, eating or reading a map.
Despite recent legislation and corporate regulations that promote more responsible driving and aim to reduce motor vehicle crashes resulting from distraction, there’s still more we can do.
That’s why the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance came together to form Decide to Drive to reduce distracted driving.
Even a small distraction can have a lifetime of devastating consequences for individuals, families and employers. 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2010).
The use of cell phones and other handheld devices are the most common distractions, but there are many others you need to consider.It may seem innocent enough to check a text from your best friend.But five seconds can mean your life—that’s the average time your eyes are away from the road while texting.We wish you the best of luck and look forward to receiving your scholarship program entries.Please answer the following question in your essay:“How can we educate our community about the dangers of distracted driving and what are some practical ways we can drastically reduce distracted driving related accidents?We see too many injuries and deaths caused by distracted drivers.We know that even a few seconds can make a difference in someone’s life while driving.Find out more by visiting our Get Involved resources.Texting and driving poses a serious safety hazard for young drivers in across the United States.Help us stop distractions while driving by rating and reporting drivers who are distracted and dangerous.There are other ways to get involved with Decide to Drive: enter our contests, and raise awareness on social media, or download our wreck-less checklist.