A post on Automotive Blogger cites that distracted driving is an even worse killer on the road than drunk driving.
Distracted driving is the number one killer of teens in the United States. According to the American Beverage Institute (ABI) distracted driving is an increasingly dangerous problem, even more so than driving drunk. In the past 20 years drunk driving deaths have gone down, but the number of traffic fatalities has remained the same. The ABI attributes this to an increase in aggressive, negligent and distracted driving.
While the ABI doesnâ€™t have a strict definition for â€œdistracted drivingâ€ they imply that it includes driving drowsy, talking on the phone or texting while driving, speeding or being aggressive, and basically not paying attention to the road. This is a pretty broad array of behaviors but the popularity of cell phones over the two decades and the increase in road rage certainly helped the rate of â€œdistracted drivingâ€ fatalities shoot up.
There are a lot of distractions while on the road, and this includes talking or texting on your cellphone, fiddling with the stereo controls, fixing your hair, reading road signs too long, or even talking to your fellow occupants. Even worse is driving while fatigued or drowsy (as your energies are focused on keeping awake). Best thing to do while driving is to keep your attention to the road and on your driving. Be safe.