Car accidents are a common tragedy most people end up going through at some point in their life. Many accidents can be easily avoided if drivers would follow the safety precautions and responsibilities that they are told to uphold anytime they get behind the wheel.
Each day more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured due to distracted driving. Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by about 37%. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eye from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds which is equivalent to driving the full length of a football field with your eyes closed.
By speeding, a driver is tripling their chances of getting into an accident. In 2017, speeding killed 9,717 people being a contributing factor to 26% of all traffic fatalities. Not only are you putting yourself at risk while speeding you are also putting everyone around you at risk.
Seat belts; a no brainer, right? Wrong! In 2018 the national use rate of a seat belt was at 89.6%. every car has them, but they are not always worn. In 2017, seat belts saved an estimated 15,000 lives. Seat belts are put in vehicles to be worn for your safety and reduce the risk of death by 45%.
In conclusion, what are some good ways everyone can do to reduce accidents?
Put your phone away while driving
Obey speed limits and signs
Always be safe in wearing a seat belt
Do not drive under the influence
Always give 100% attention to the roads and vehicles around you!