As I worked out my drivers license-getting drivers education, passing the exam, taking the driving lesson and taking the exam. After seeing so many videos of sad stories that happen in the road, I decided to write something about it. Information and education are essential for drivers to be continuously reminded or be aware of what at stake when driving.
I never realized that the state where I reside is leading the most numbers of fatal crashes of vehicles in the US. FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) data from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration reports:
State Numbers of Traffic Fatalities
- Texas 3722
- California 3602
- Florida 3112
This data are the result collated in the year 2017.
It prompted me to search for more data. And, I found that most of the age range involve in the vehicular accidents in the US ages 18-32 years old. Mostly, are millennials.
Is it because of recklessness or just distracted drivers?
I spent my Christmas vacation in California last 2018. On the highway, two times that the car I was in almost met an accident. Two vehicles in different areas in the road were racing and swerving at high speed surprising us. Crazy drivers do exist.
Imagine, there are 37,133 deaths occurred just in 2017. This resulted in 11.4 deaths per 100,000 people, and 1.16 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.
Three Factors of Distracted Driving that Involves Millennials:
1. Using cellphones. We all know that almost all of the people do have cells for communication, directional guidance, maps, and other use. Younger age does have the attitude that they cannot avoid looking at their phones every minute. It was said that 1 out of every 4 car accident is caused by texting and driving. So, stop texting, answering calls, tweeting or doing facebook. Focus on the wheels. There is no such thing as quick glance with the accident.
2. Adjusting the radio, eating, drinking, reading, grooming and interacting with the passengers. Twenty-seven seconds of inattention because of the mentioned reasons can cause your life. Your brain can be distracted that long. So, be attentive to your driving.
3. Drunk driving. It is a fact that alcohol affects our driving ability. In 2017, there were 1,837 people killed in alcohol-related crashes where drivers had lower alcohol levels. Concentration, short-term memory loss, speed control, reduced information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search), impaired perception when driving in the influence of alcohol.
If you value your life and the life of other people, always remember to focus and put your attention on driving. You do not want to see yourself regretting something when the accident happens and it’s because of your own doing.
Eyes on the road.