Using mobile phones while driving is very risky and in the year 2011 around 23% of the total auto collisions were caused due to the involvement of mobile phones which was around 1.3 million crashes. Texting while driving distracts the attention of the driver for a minimal time of 5 seconds and there are 23 times more chances of crash if a person texts while driving.
When it comes to traffic crashes, speeding is the third largest contributor after distracted driving and impaired driving. Around 33% of all the fatal crashes involve speeding of the vehicle. Around 13,000 of people are lost every year due to speeding and in the USA around $6B has been paid by the people for speeding fines.
Newly Licensed Teenage Drivers and Distracted Driving:
The newly licensed teenagers are more distracted and it has been seen that 6.6% of them makes use of electronic devices while driving and around 12% are seen to use electronic devices over 15% of the clips. As compared to males, the females make more use of the electronic devices while driving.
Dangers Associated with Driving:
The chances of getting killed in a car accident is around 1 in 200 and around 2538 people on an average dies every year due to road accidents in UK. Out of all the fatalities in road accidents, 76% of them are the men. The major reasons of the fatal car crash include speed, consumption of alcohol, teenage and using mobile phones.
Some Driving Surveys:
A driving survey has revealed that 43% of the drivers travel a distance between 51 and 200 miles on an average week. The survey also revealed that 49% of the people think that it should be made illegal to eat while driving, 58% feel that smoking should be made illegal while driving and 52% think that drinking should be illegal while driving.
There are various causes of crashes and accidents while driving and some of them include using cell phones while driving, weather condition, alcohol, drowsiness, aggression, unintended acceleration and eating or drinking while driving. A drunk driver is 4 times more likely to crash the vehicle whereas texting while driving increases the changes of crash by 8 times.
Strange Driving Laws:
In Japan, during the rain clouds it is illegal to splash the mud or the water on the pedestrians. In majority of the public roads in Saudi Arabia it is illegal for the women to drive. In Beijing, it is considered to be illegal to stop for the pedestrians whereas in Thailand, one cannot drive topless be it men or women.
There are 4 main types of distraction which can occur during driving and these include physical, auditory, visual and cognitive. It has been admitted by around 50.9 % of the men that they get distracted by an attractive women while driving.
More about Distracted Driving:
Around 416,000 people on average get injured every year due to distracted driving. The major reason of distracted driving is texting and talking on mobile phones while the other includes eating and drinking, reading including maps, grooming, talking to the passengers, watching video, adjusting the radio/MP3/CD player and using a navigation system.
In Australia the highest road includes the Great Alpine Road with height of 1840m and Kosciuszko road with height of 1837m. When it comes to longest road in Australia, Stuart Highway has a length of 2710KM and Bruce Highway and Eyre Highway both measures 1670KM each.
Futuristic Features for Driver-less Cars:
Some of the futuristic features of the driverless cars are RADAR for detecting something in the blind spot of the car, LIDAR which is a rooftop ranging system, Stereo Vision, Lane Guidance, GPS, Wheel Encoder and Infrared camera.
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