Causes of Car Accidents
We took our time to dissect the factors that are largely responsible for accidents on our road. There are over 25 causes of road accidents today in Nigeria, all the factors responsible will be critically examined, so for today we will discuss distracted driving and in subsequent post we would explain other causes, safety is paramount.
Actually, it is one of the of the major causes of accidents on our roads, you don’t have to be drunk to be distracted. A distracted driver is a driver that diverts his or her attention from the road, usually to receive or make a phone call, reply a text message, eat food, discussing family issues with the driver could also be a distraction, applying makeup, looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle,reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle all leads to distraction, and a three seconds distraction can be the end or probably put you in a bad financial or physical circumstance. Studies have also shown that driving performance is lowered and the level of distraction is higher for drivers who are heavily engaged in cell phone conversations. The researchers at the NHTSA and Virginia Tech even came up with exact car accident statistics on the matter:
- Dialing a cell phone increased the risk of a car accident or near car accident 2.8 times.
- Talking on a cell phone increased the risk of a car accident or near car accident 1.3 times.
The use of mobile phones while driving has increased so significantly within the last few years that, at any time during the day, as many as 10 percent of all drivers are using a hand-held or hands-free phone.
The researchers at Virginia Tech caution that a headset or Bluetooth cell phone is not necessarily safer than hand-held cell phone usage. Voice activated systems are, however, less risky if drivers need not take their eyes off the road or their hands off the steering wheel often or for long periods of time.
The best way to prevent auto accidents on the road is by putting down the distractions that could lead to such scenario.
Source: Xlm Autos