Distracted driving is one of the biggest preventable hazards on the road today. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration that more than 3,450 people were killed in 2016.
Distracted Driving is defined as anything that takes attention away from driving a vehicle, including texting, making a call, or eating and drinking. Distractions can also include talking to passengers, adjusting the car audio, or working with the navigation system.
Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading texts can take your eyes off of the road for up to five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed!
In West Virginia, texting while driving is illegal. Drivers are also banned from using handheld cell phones in any capacity while operating a motor vehicle.
When operating a motor vehicle, the best habit is to avoid all distractions. If you need to make a call, pick up something from the floorboard, or even set up your navigation to direct you, pull off the road. When you are driving, concentrate only on the road and other vehicles.
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