Teacher: Janet Cortez ENC1101 – Fall Term 2012 Miami Dade College West Campus Jorgen Ramirez Essay #2 Society has been experiencing an unusual phenomenon. Nowadays, more and more people are driving without paying enough attention to what they are doing. Each day an estimated 135,000,000 cars are on the roads in the U. S. Driving should not be taken carelessly. Incredibly, statistics show that car accidents that involve injury occur every 14 seconds, and every 12 minutes a car accident will be fatal.
Society knows the risks about driving without paying attention but they still practice bad habits while driving. Driving demands a high level of responsibility and attention. Even though everyone is vulnerable about acquiring bad habits while driving, the most ones that develop bad habits while driving are the young drivers. Being an inexperienced driver and not paying enough attention while driving is a bad combination, and the most likely conclusion is dead. The first enemy of driving definitely is the cell phone. Talking on the phone while driving has caused so many accidents that people could never imagine.
In fact, studies suggest that talking on a cell phone roughly quadruples a person’s risk of being involved in a crash. Unfortunately in these days, talking on the phone and driving at the same time has become so popular among young people that it does not look very dangerous, but it is. Some people try to reduce the risk of talking on the phone and driving at the same time by using hands-free devices, but the risk of crashing still being the same because drivers still paying attention to the conversation on the phone.
Even though they have both hands on the wheel, their mental capabilities are tied up into the conversation. Also, driving under the influence of a cell phone, be it handheld or hands-free, impairs driver reaction to the same level as being at the legal limit for blood alcohol content of . 08. The second enemy of driving is called texting. Is incredible how four or five seconds of texting while driving can change a person’s life or even end with it. According to some investigations, driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
In addition to, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4. 6 seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of an entire football field. Why take too much risk for just a text message? What is more important, life or answering a message? The problem is not the cell phone, the problem is people’s common sense. Young driver’s arrogance also takes an important place on practicing bad habits while driving. Disturbingly, 77% of young adult drivers say they can safely drive while texting. They secure something that is known is not true.
In fact, a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-texting driver. Driving while either intoxicated or drunk is another one of the dangerous driver’s habits. Driving influenced by alcohol must be taken very seriously by society. On average in the U. S, one person is injured approximately every 2 minutes in alcohol-related crashes, and someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes. The drunk drivers’ amount increases every day, and also the number of victims of irresponsible drunk drivers increase more and more every day.
Roughly in 2010, 10,228 people died in drunk driving crashes, one every 52 minutes, and 345,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes. Even thought the bar is near home, there is the same risk of having a car accident. Researches say that the majority of car accidents occur within 3 miles of the driver’s house. Drunk drivers are not only risking their lives, they also risk the lives of hundreds and hundreds other drivers who are just going to work or returning home after a long day.
Devices such as GPS system, DVD players or even the loud music playing are important causes of distractions for a driver. In-Car Entertainment (ICE) is designed to be used only when the car is parked. Playing movies or videos on your DVD player while driving represents a high risk of having an accident, does not it? Onboard electronic car devices reduce drivers’ attention on the road and consequently increase the risk of having a car accident. GPS systems are a useful tool but could also be a killer on the road.
Drivers focus most of their attention on the GPS screen and they do not realize what they have in front of them. Looking at the GPS screen takes about five or six seconds, this driver action reduces the time of reaction of any driver in case he needs to stop or make a turn to avoid an accident. In addition to, listening to loud music while driving could cause many car accidents. As the volume of music increases in the car, many people tend to give their attention to the words or the rhythm of the music and their attention is taken away from the road and their surroundings.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 teenagers every year. It is hard to believe that it is illegal to store trash in your car in Hilton Head, South Carolina, but is “legal” texting and driving at the same time in Florida. Car accidents have already taken so many lives in U. S and people still practice bad habits while driving. Driving demands responsibility and attention. Every day, nearly 135 million cars travel on U. S streets, roads, and interstates so at least every day 135 million of people are risking their lives driving.
In fact, in 2009 30,797 fatal accidents occurred in the US which resulted in a total of 33,808 deaths because some fatal crashes resulted in multiple deaths, and 4872 of those deaths were pedestrians, cyclists and unspecified other non-occupants. Also 217,000 people were incapacitated by vehicle accidents in 2009, and another two million people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in the US 2009. As shown on these alarming facts, irresponsible driving is killing more people than any other disease in U. S and this is the reason why driving should be taken serious.