1. Mobile electronic devices
Cellphones and other electronic devices can distract drivers manually, visually and mentally. Performing tasks with manual and visual components can triple a person’s likelihood of crashing, according to Distraction.gov. Tasks such as texting, which takes a driver’s eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, are especially risky. At 55 mph, a driver covers the length of a football field during this 5-second lapse.
Many drivers may believe hands-free devices are relatively safe. According to the National Safety Council, 70 percent of the drivers who use these devices do so for safety reasons. However, hands-free devices still produce a mental burden. Research shows that drivers exhibit delayed reactions even when using hands-free cellphones. Drivers also ignore up to half of their