Distracted driving is a major problem these days. The National Safety Council says that nearly 1.6 million car crashes per year are caused by cellphone use while driving. Almost 25 percent of all car accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting while driving, and an average of 11 teens die each day from it.
Another issue that drivers are having to deal with is road rage. Truck drivers say that this is a problem that is getting worse.
The "Florida Times-Union" interviewed a handful of local truckers to find out why road rage is getting out of control. There was a truck driver shot and killed last May by another truck driver in Jacksonville, which led to this line of questioning.
The majority of those interviewed think that a lack of understanding by commuters of how a semi-truck operates is the problem. They said that drivers get angry when a truck changes lanes or merges with traffic. This causes some pretty scary cases of road rage.
Two other factors that are making road rage worse are excessive traffic and texting while driving. Truck driver Brion Newcomb said that he frequently sees vehicles drifting all over the road, and when he passes them he sees drivers are holding their smartphones.
Newcomb suggested that there should be mandatory education on how cars interact with semi-trucks. He told the "Florida Times-Union," "There ought to be a simulator at a DMV where they can try driving a truck and a car pulling out in front of them. Nowadays, people just don't care."
With all of these reported road rage incidents and distracted drivers out there, it's important that we take safety precautions. One great way to help prevent accidents is to have a car dash cam. You're able to keep a record of what's happening around you and the facts will speak for themselves.
Watch this video to see a dash cam in action:
If you don't have one of these dash cams, we sell one here in the Komando shop. It's essential for any driver in today's society.