Ways You Can Be a Distracted Driver
It takes 5 Seconds to get a text but it only takes 1 second to ruin your life. 11 teens are killed each day by vehicle-related accidents. There are 7 main ways teen drivers get killed, inexperienced driving, nighttime driving, not using a seat-belt, distracted driving, drowsy driving, reckless driving, and impaired driving. In this essay, I am going to go over distracted driving and reckless driving. Distracted driving means the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity. Reckless driving means driving without due care. We need to stop distracted and reckless driving in America because we need to make the roads a safer place. What is distracted driving? Distracted driving is the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity. There are many ways you can be a distracted driver. You can be a distracted driver by being Manual, Visual, or Cognitive distracted. Manual distraction causes the driver to take one or both hands off the wheel. Examples of Manual distracted driving can be eating, drinking, adjusting your child’s seat belt, trying to find something in your purse or wallet or messing with any knobs of any kind. Visual distraction is caused by your eyes wander off of the road. Examples of Visual distracted driving can be looking for items on the floor of the car, checking and adjusting your GPS, changing the radio station, adjusting your temperature controls, taking in the view, or doing your makeup. Cognitive distraction causes your mind’s focus to drift away from your driving. Examples of Cognitive distracted driving can be talking to another passenger, thinking about something that is upsetting, road rage, or daydreaming. What is reckless driving? Reckless driving means driving without due care. Depending on where you live reckless driving might be known as careless or dangerous driving. There are many ways you can be a reckless driver. You can be a reckless driver by excessive speeding, not stopping at a red light or stop sign, racing other vehicles, evading law enforcement, passing vehicles over a double yellow line, passing a stopped school bus, and texting while driving. Convicted reckless drivers can go to jail for 90 days or get a fine of $1,000. Convicted Reckless drivers that causes a serious bodily injury to another person can get 1 year in jail or a $3,000 fine. How can we solve this problem? There are many ways we can solve this problem. One big solution that would stop many distracted and/or reckless is getting more officers on the roads to find people on their phone and fine them. Another way could be audio commands for radio, temperature, phone calls, raising or lowering windows, turning on/off/adjusting the heated seat. Another way could be to take out some distractions like the mirror on the driver’s visor, the screen for the radio, and radio controls on the steering wheel. These are just 10 ways we can stop distracted and reckless. There are a lot more ways that we can stop distracted and reckless. In conclusion, we as Americans can’t just put out signs and hope for people to follow them we have to enforce them and create laws that stop the majority of distracted drivers. If you want to help as a civilian you could give a quick honk to people on their phone to get their eyes off their phone and back on the road.