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Thanks to Smartphones, Today's Drivers Are Juggling a New Set of Distractions

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NEARLY A THIRD OF DRIVERS, IN A RECENT STUDY, ADMITTED TO TEXTING ON THEIR CELL-PHONE, WHILE DRIVING.  AND, WITH THE GROWTH OF SMART-PHONES, DRIVERS ARE NOW JUGGLING A WHOLE-NEW SET OF DISTRACTIONS--INCLUDING SURFING THE WEB, AND SOCIAL MEDIA.  ACCORDING TO "STATE FARM", TALKING ON THE PHONE WHILE DRIVING IS DISTRACTING--AND TEXTING CAN TAKE A DRIVER'S EYES OFF THE ROAD, AND HANDS OFF THE WHEEL, JUST LONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE A SEVERE CRASH.  SMART-PHONES HAVE CREATED NEW DISTRACTIONS FOR DRIVERS TO JUGGLE--WITH THE COMPANY'S SURVEYS INDICATING THAT PEOPLE ARE INDEED UTILIZING THOSE ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS.  DRIVERS NEED TO BE FULLY ENGAGED IN THE TASK OF DRIVING:  THAT MEANS THAT THEIR EYES NEED TO BE ON THE ROAD--AND THAT BOTH HANDS NEED TO BE ON THE WHEEL.  AND, DRIVERS SHOULD TRY TO HANDLE THEIR PHONE-CALLS AND TEXT-MESSAGES BEFORE THEY START TO DRIVE--AND THEN WAIT UNTIL THEY'RE AT THEIR DESTINATION, BEFORE PICKING UP THE PHONE AGAIN.  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PREVENTING DISTRACTED-DRIVING, VISIT "STATE-FARM"-DOT-COM.


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