I do it; you do it, that guy over there definitely does it. What do we all do? We drive! When the automobile was first produced in 1885 it was designed to get people from one place to another. However, their purpose has evolved- now we use them as a beauty parlor, a lunchroom, or home office location. But however you use it approximately 115 people will use their cars as a death bed everyday. Distracted driving has become one of today’s largest transportation issues. On a daily basis distracted driving puts millions of drivers and passengers in danger. So today we will look at what distracted driving really is, what the consequences of driving while distracted are, and what people can do to drive more safely. We all know we have been at fault at some point; we do it without thinking about it. When our phone rings our first instinct is to answer it, when we pick up McDonalds we eat it, we see a pimple we cover it. Most of us don’t think about the consequences that are to come along if we do them while driving. According to studies released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 80% of crashed and 65% of near-crashed involves some kind of driver distraction. Driving with distractions has become one of today’s leading causes of death for 16-20 year olds. Distractions while driving includes texting, note taking, applying makeup, eating, and much more.
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