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Did you know an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2014? This was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011!
Distracted driving includes anything that takes a driver’s full attention away from the road.

Social Media

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We all enjoy the occasional selfie or taking pictures with friends, but doing so behind the wheel can be very dangerous. New social media platforms are constantly popping up, and they can be pretty addicting. People are tweeting, snapchatting, and even editing their Instagram selfie while driving. Despite laws prohibiting phone usage while driving, some people even hashtag “#driving” while posting to these sites! Check out this link about the dangers of using Snapchat while driving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vDha3xkHAM

Texting

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Driving requires your full attention. Did you know that texting while driving takes your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road for at least five seconds? In those five seconds, your car can travel up to the length of a football field if going 55 mph or more. Want to know more about the possible effects of texting and driving. http://www.dailyliked.com/never-think-texting-driving-ever/

Getting Ready

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Applying makeup, flossing teeth, shaving, and fixing hair are all activities that could be very distracting when operating a vehicle. This may be surprising, but nearly half of all women who wear make-up apply it while they are driving, which contributes to 450,000 accidents a year. Instead of getting ready in the car resist the snooze button and give yourself enough time for grooming.

Eating

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Did you know that eating while driving is responsible for 80% of car-related accidents? Although eating may seem like a harmless activity while driving, it prevents the driver from having full control over the vehicle, because one hand is occupied with the food item. Always make sure you eat before heading out the door.

 

Written by DeVonna Smith, Peer Educator

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