10 Deadly Facts About Distracted Driving

10 Deadly Facts About Distracted Driving

It goes without saying that we cannot last a single day without being connected to the digital world. In a 2012 poll by TIME, an astounding 84% of respondents worldwide said they can’t go a day without their smartphone. It’s not terribly hard to see why, either. With the dawn of the mobile age, we can watch videos, play games, and stay connected with our friends and family no matter where we are in the world. It’s a huge advantage in most situations, but it’s this constant connectivity that’s increasing the number of auto accidents worldwide. Think Texting is Harmless? You’ve undoubtedly heard this argument before: what’s the difference between listening to the radio or talking to my friends in the car, and sending a text? There is a world of difference. In total, distracted driving accounts for 20% of all car accidents in the United States. Texting, which requires an average of 4.6 seconds of focus being redirected from the road to your phone, is one of the biggest contributors. As you might imagine, the most likely offenders are our teenagers. Nearly three-quarters, or 71%, of teens admit to writing an SMS text message while driving, and 78% say they’ve read a text message,. Drivers under the age of 20 already have the highest proportion of distracted driving related automobile accidents in the country, thanks in no small part due to inexperience and inability to focus on the road. By adding texting to the fray, is it any wonder that 13% of drivers ages 18 to 20 admitted to texting at the time their accidents occurred in 2011?...
U.S. Vehicle Recalls: Staying Safe Behind the Wheel

U.S. Vehicle Recalls: Staying Safe Behind the Wheel

Driving in the United States without having to worry about the safety of our vehicles is harrowing enough. According to statistics from the United States Census Bureau, there are 10.8 million crashes throughout the country each year. As a direct result of those accidents, two million people seek out medical care for minor or serious injuries. Moreover, fully 95% of all auto accidents are caused by reckless driving on the part of whomever is behind the wheel. In short, we don’t need any help getting into trouble on the open road. If we can rely on nothing else, we should be able to depend on our cars to help keep us safe on the open road. However, with 540.8 million vehicle recalls in the United States since the federal government began requiring vehicle recalls for serious design and functional defects in 1966, our cars, or more aptly, the people that manufacture them, are not fulfilling the duty they have to consumers. Tire Recalls on the Rise The last few years have shown a troubling trend in the recall of tires. In 2012, 18 recall actions recalled an estimated 1.1 million tires from American cars. The following year, drivers saw fewer overall actions — there were only 11 total —  but they still saw the total number of tires recalled jump to 1.4 million. That’s an increase of more than 25% in a single year. Vehicle Recalls Are a Greater Concern While tires being recalled for safety defects is disturbing enough, 2013 saw a boom of factory vehicle recalls issued from major car manufacturers around the world, some of which...