Have you ever hit the brakes so hard that you felt like your foot was going through the floor? This happened to me after making a lane change in Milwaukee. I was not distracted, but traffic can stop you in your tracks immediately. Imagine your teen driver in this situation ... having to do this after they look up after sending a text message. Reaction time is significantly reduced when driving distracted. Remember that at 60 mph a car will travel approximately 100 ft per second.
In dedicating my blog this month to distracted driving, I began to wonder if distracted driving is a world-wide problem or just a problem in the United States. What I learned is that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a survey that found distracted driving to be more of a problem in the United States than in Europe.
The CDC’s study focused on comparing the percentage of distracted drivers in the U.S. with seven European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. To learn more about the study and to review safety tips that can help you and your family, click here.
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