Driving Safety in 2017

Safety is the number one priority when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. All vehicle dealers have commercials complementing their vehicles on how they are top of the line in safety, yet the most unsafe part of the car, is the person driving it.

 

Lately on DOD’s social media, there have been postings of near accidents, actual accidents, and even interesting things that our dash cameras have captured. With these videos, have come a lot of criticism on the driving involved in the videos, which I agree with.

 

Its 2017, and there are more drivers on the road now than ever. With the evidence of the dash camera footage, not all of it is great driving. As a lot of it is leading from people either having no patience, or are just generally not paying attention while driving. This is a very concerning matter, because if people aren’t paying attention when driving, you might as well call them death traps on wheels and not vehicles.

 

We live in an age where society is always in a rush or they don’t care enough to pay attention when driving. This is a huge problem as it tends to cause more and more accidents every year, and the stats speak for themselves.

Annual United States Road Crash Statistics

  • Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
  • An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
  • Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
  • Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20
  • Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
  • Road crashes are the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens traveling abroad

SOURCE: http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics

 

These are scary facts when put into consideration that driving safer can lead to better roads and conditions. Some things can’t be controlled, which is understandable, but most times, there is easily something that can be done to prevent an accident.

 

On our social media, we post videos of accidents to show that a dash camera can protect you and your loved ones in any circumstance. Most of the time, the accidents can be easily prevented just by simply paying attention more. As well as, not rushing from one location to another in the fastest and scariest ways imaginable.

 

Recently, we posted a video of a smart car weaving in and out of traffic and almost hitting multiple cars. These types of things are caught on our dash cameras frequently. Driving like this is what causes accidents, and it’s scary for some people to the fact that they don’t want to drive at all. Which is understandable with proof of the outrageous driving that happens on the roads daily.

With the age of technology ever among us, you can see where most of the distractions come from when driving. There is always that very important text message or call that you must read or answer at that exact moment. We all have these urges whether in a car or anywhere at any time.

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2014, 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • In 2014, there were 3,179 people killed and an estimated additional 431,000 people wounded in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
  • Ten percent of drivers aged 15 to 19 who were involved in fatal automobile accidents were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes.
  • In 2014, there were 520 non-occupants killed in distraction-affected crashes.

SOURCE: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/dangers-texting-while-driving

 

These are facts of distracted driving. These are facts that can’t be ignored. Technology may be the future, but we won’t have much of a future if more and more people are distracted when driving. This will result in more accidents and scares on the roads.

 

Technology is supposed to be used to help us with our everyday activities and to make them easier. We have smartphones that can bring social media, emails, work, home life, and everything tied into one little screen. This isn’t meant to be enjoyed when doing something as serious as driving. Other technology that is useful are GPS’ and dash cameras, things you don’t have to touch when driving, yet still help you with day to day operations. The illusion of “If I have it, I can do what I want with it” is just that, it is an illusion. Just because you have something doesn’t mean you should go crazy with it.

 

When driving, everyone should only be focused on the driving itself, nothing else. Smart phones should be put away and not used, unless you have hands-free, which you can answer phone calls without the danger of having your phone in your hand. With this you can still focus on driving and not have to even look at your phone to endanger you, anyone in the car with you, or anyone on the road.

Safety is the number one priority when you are on the road, it’s the reason there are laws preventing you from driving too fast, or drinking and driving. There is even a law in Canada, and many other parts of the world, against distracted driving. Even with a law in place, drivers are just as reckless and careless as they were without the law. This needs to change in order to ensure our future is a bright one, and our safety is the top of the line.

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