Distracted driving has evolved into a national epidemic. Throughout the day, millions of drivers across the nation start their cars, get on the road, and use their commute time as an excuse to catch up on important calls, texts, and emails. Our cell phones have become both a symbol and a facilitator of American productivity. This collective obsession with efficiency is tied to our inherent beliefs about the American Dream: if we work hard, we can be successful, happy, and wealthy. Consequently, we’re always multitasking (even when we’re relaxing), downloading productivity hacks, and seeking out entertainment to fill any perceived moments of idleness in our daily schedules.
Although driving is a skill that demands 100% of a driver’s focus and attention, many treat it as a mindless activity. Whether we’re cruising desert roads or trapped on the 405, we can’t help but reach for our little hubs of entertainment and distraction. After all, being bored or idle is not an effective way to utilize our time! But using a cell phone or a hands-free device is incredibly dangerous.
At one point or another, we’ve all felt pressured to type “multitasking” as a skill on our resumes. However, statistically speaking, our brains simply aren’t programmed to multitask as various educators and career bloggers have led us to believe. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, the portion of your brain that’s responsible for processing moving images falters by 33% when you’re having a conversation via a hands-free device. This causes you to miss up to 50% of your surroundings, including work zone signs, merging traffic, red lights, and even pedestrians.
In the last ten years, state lawmakers and awareness groups have been struggling to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving. The National Safety Council has even deemed April to be “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.” According to their website, “Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety…Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a unified effort to recognize the dangers of and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving.”
In light of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Life360 recently released its distraction driving report for 2019. This report discusses a very interesting element regarding the prevalence of distracted driving within the context of our cultural narrative. Many people don’t realize that distracted driving is a problem for teenagers and seasoned drivers alike. To complete their report, Life360 analyzed “84 billion miles of driving data and 27 billion distracted drives (as categorized by number of times a user touched their phone while driving.)”
Life360 pulled the following highlights from their research in an effort to educate drivers:
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