Eric Okerblom from a quiet place Santa Maria in California was 19 years old when on a fine July day he was demolished by a pickup truck flying at a speed of over a hundred. On the mobile phone seized from the driver, it was established that at the time of arrival he was typing a message …
Dense flow, traffic jams, sluggish monotonous movement - everyday life of a city motorist. In these conditions, one wants to entertain oneself by talking on a cell phone or chatting in numerous social networks, chats and microblogs that have made progressive humanity dependent on various portable devices and gadgets. Kaleidoscopic messaging is fraught with a specific joint disease - thumb syndrome. At the wheel, the price of mobile socialization is human life. In the USA, for example, this is the cause of 20% of accidents. The problem has become so serious that since the late 1990s it has been awarded a special term: diffuse driving.
Indian drivers lucidly warn: "Do not call the one who is driving."
Indian drivers lucidly warn: "Do not call the one who is driving." Indian drivers lucidly warn: "Do not call the one who is driving."
Talking while driving on a mobile phone, even with a wireless headset, doubles the reaction time compared to driving at 0.8 ppm of blood alcohol. But not only a mobile phone is able to distract from the road. Eating, drinking and smoking, viewing maps, tuning the radio and microclimate, turning to navigation, talking with passengers, calming a child, watching a video - this is a list of the most significant factors that reduce concentration. According to their effects, they can be divided into three types: visual distraction (do not look at the road), tactile (remove hands from the steering wheel) and cognitive (mentally distract from the driving process).
Guess - what is the most dangerous and distracting three times? SMS! More lucky for those who can type messages blindly or score a couple of template answers for quick sending. But still, he controls one hand - the other outside the steering wheel. It is not safer and just shaking on a cell phone, even using a headset. Here, the conclusions of independent expert agencies and state-owned specialized organizations agree: you steer and speak on the phone - the probability of getting into an accident grows four times. While driving, you need to think about the road, and not load the brain with problems transmitted to the ear. It seems that a person is traveling, his gaze is directed forward, but it turns out - he looks in a book and sees a fig.
Even seemingly harmless manipulations during movement are fraught with deadly consequences
Even seemingly harmless manipulations during movement are fraught with deadly consequences. Even seemingly harmless manipulations during movement are fraught with deadly consequences.
So, the danger is obvious, but how to deal with it? This is harder. In the USA - a fine if caught on the spot or by video recording. But this is only for talking on the phone without a headset. There is no ban on the use of the Internet while driving.
Why don't we think about the mortal danger of diffused driving? A sane person realizes: driving drunk is a clear crime, but he does not notice other risks, much closer and more dangerous. His fallacy is reinforced by impunity: it’s so easy to lower your hand with a cell phone while driving past a patrol, post or camera. Remember: at the wheel we read only traffic information, everything else goes off-line.