The myths surrounding cell phones and driving are alarming. Recent data debunks these myths and proves distracted driving occurs with all forms of mobile use. Distracted driving is an extreme epidemic in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving.”
As much as we think we can successfully multitask behind the wheel, we are unable to do so. The concept of multitasking is not possible.
Your brain can’t focus on two activities happening at the same time, so when it comes to driving and using your phone, it’s a recipe for disaster. The brain switches between both tasks, so your reaction time slows down. You’re at a higher risk of a traffic violation or accident when talking on the phone while driving.
As tempting as it is to use your phone at stop lights, you should steer away from doing so. A recent study from AAA showed that drivers spend up to 27 seconds being distracted at a red light. Imagine the dangers you and passengers can experience in that 27 seconds.
Although your cell phone can be addictive, you should steer clear of using it while driving. Stay alert, stay attentive, and stay safe. You’re helping yourself and those around you. Drive safe!