Car Crash Collection 3 hours of Car Crash Collection http://totalcarcrashes.com/ Eliminate Distracted Driving With A Laser Focus I will define distracted driving, for this discussion, as driving without 100% of one's attention on driving. This probably covers most of us, most of the time, behind the wheel. Yet most of us arrive where we're going safely. This is not to promote the idea that one does not need to pay full attention to driving all the time. You can listen to the radio, at a low volume, or have a conversation, without a lot of eye contact, with someone else in the car. Just be aware of, shall we say, the level of your distracted driving. Be ready to bump it up to 100% in an instant. * * * * * Imagine, for a moment, racing bumper to bumper, without brake lights, on Daytona speedway at 320 kph (200 mph) with 20 other race cars. That would require your full attention to driving, with a laser focus. Distracted driving in that situation would equal disaster, maybe even death. Two main reasons those drivers can drive at that speed and proximity to each other on a race track is because of their level of skill and focus on a common goal. Winning the race. Driving on the street is actually far more dangerous because of the acceptable level of distractions. Not just on the part of other drivers, but passengers, cyclists and pedestrians as well. I drive 40 kph (25 mph), or less, through a school zone. Not just because it's the law. I drive slowly to give myself time to see what's going on. There's a whole other level of distraction involved here. Kids playing among themselves pay little attention to traffic, especially when chasing a ball onto the street. It's my responsibility to keep everyone safe. And I do. Distracted driving can cause problems, or accidents, even when you are hardly moving, like when pulling out of a parking space on a busy street. First off, your vehicle is not moving with the flow as you pull out. Then there's bicycles, jay-walkers and those other drivers that are targeting the spot you are vacating. And the traffic. Are they letting you in or not? No time for a coffee or phone call here! * * * * * The bottom line is that when one is driving a vehicle on a road, that is all one should be doing. A car can became a very dangerous weapon if not handled with care and attention. Remember, a vehicle is a few thousand pounds of steel and other ingredients that we are directing down a roadway at speeds of anywhere up to 100 kph (60mph), which is actually 27 metres(88 feet)/second. How many seconds does that give you to practice distracted driving? I trust your answer was "none". In this case, practice does not make perfect. Further on that. Let's do a little math here. If two cars are approaching each other and each car is traveling at 100 kph (60mph), then the distance between them decreases at 54 metres(176 feet)/second. That's 200 kph (120mph)! The risks involved here demand your full attention! ____________________________________________________ Examples of Distracted Driving Alcohol and other drugs If one is about to drive, or is driving, under the influence of alcohol, or other mind altering drugs, one is in an extreme state of distracted driving. That person should be prevented, or immediately removed, from driving, by friends or if need be, by police. Even smoking cigarettes can cause extreme distractions, especially if a lit cigarette is dropped on the floor or seat. How about during the moment of lighting a smoke? How many feet did the vehicle move while I took a few puffs to get it going? What was I looking at during those few seconds, or 60 metres (200 feet)? Is there a limit to how many times I can get away with this kind of distracted driving? What's the price of getting caught? It makes me thankful I've been a non-smoker for over 20 years. Tired or drowsy The other state that is extremely dangerous but is often still acceptable is one of drowsiness or sleepiness. If you are tired you should stop and sleep. I read of one experiment where a number of drivers lived at a racetrack for a week. They first drove the track in a well rested, sober condition. Then they went through a number of days of sleep deprivation and drove the track at different times, sometimes being woken up to drive. After a few days to recover the party started. Food and alcohol flowed, albeit according to a controlled schedule. Again, at various times throughout the all day party, the drivers would be asked to drive the track. It turned out that the drivers did not compensate for being tired as they did for being under the influence of alcohol. This made them more dangerous as they actually feel asleep behind the wheel. In this case they only hit pylons or went off the track. Asleep, or unconscious (to driving), behind the wheel could be called the ultimate level of distracted driving. Don't risk it. 3 hours of Car Crash Collection http://totalcarcrashes.com/

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