Fatal accidents involving motor vehicles are sadly prevalent in the state of Alaska. Even though the state has a relatively small population, the proportion of fatal crashes is all too high. Many of these injuries and fatalities are due to distracted drivers. This is a more serious issue than many people realize.
Distracted driving can easily cause crashes
Motor vehicle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. They can happen while you are talking on your cell phone. They can occur while you are reaching to grab something from your back seat. No matter what the cause may be, a lack of attention can lead to accidents. The result can be a severe or fatal injury.
A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers some sobering insights. This study has found that distracted driving is the direct cause of 9 deaths and over 1,000 injuries. These are the result of tragic accidents that take place in every area of the United States.
Many people blame activities such as checking your GPS or talking on your cell phone for distracted driving. But the true culprit is simply the act of taking your eyes off the road for too long. Many experts have pointed out that this is an act similar to driving a whole football field blindfolded.
How to avoid distractions while you drive
It will be up to you to do all that you can in order to drive safer on Alaska highways. The first thing that you should do is to turn off your cell phone. You don’t need to be surfing the web while you are trying to operate a motor vehicle. If you need to communicate, use a hands-free Bluetooth device.
You don’t need to multitask while driving. Make sure that animals and young children are properly secured. This way, you won’t have to keep turning around to check on them. If you need to make adjustments to controls, pull over. This will keep you from taking your eyes off the road.