The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released a new report on distracted driving and the impact electronic devices can have on driver performance. The report, funded by State Farm Insurance, discusses effective countermeasures that both drivers and states can implement to ensure safety and reduce risks on the road.
Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What States Can Do identifies cell phones and other electronic devices as one of the most common distractions for drivers. In fact, as many as 25% of car crashes in the United States are caused by drivers talking on cell phones, texting while driving or other electronic device activities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is enforcing state bans on handheld cell phone use or texting to help reduce distractions for drivers. Currently, 34 states and the District of Columbia have enacted texting bans for drivers. Additionally, eight states and the District of Columbia prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.
Teen Driving Safety
Many driving advocacy groups are focusing on the safety of teen drivers. One of the features of GHSA and Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program is a virtual test track that simulates a driving situation and measures the driver’s ability to use an electronic device while behind the wheel.
The Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports have also joined together to educate teens about the dangers of distracted driving. Download the brochure for more information.