Cell phone use behind the wheel makes many feel less safe

Nov 24, 2010

Many motorists report feeling less safe because of distracted drivers

It's not uncommon for motorists to find themselves having to take their eyes off the road for a second. Historically, another passenger, the radio, or even an object falling off a seat have forced a driver to not focus on the road.

Technology, however, has evolved and brought a new level of distractions. Cell phones with their ability to talk and send text messages have brought distracted driving to a new level. A recent survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals nearly 90 percent of drivers say texting or e-mailing is a very serious threat to their safety.

AAA Foundation president and CEO Peter Kissinger says people still engage in texting and driving despite recognizing the risks it brings.

"As mobile technology evolves at a breakneck pace, more and more people rightly fear and recognize that distracted driving – texting, e-mails, phone calls and more – is a growing threat on the road," says Kissinger. "But, unfortunately, this new data confirms the "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude is prevalent throughout much of the driving public."

While motorists can control their own actions, they cannot prevent other drivers from being distracted. In addition to having auto insurance, motorists would be wise to have a life insurance policy to protect themselves in the event of an accident.

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