How Fast Can An Accident Happen?

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It’s no secret that distracted driving accounts for a large number of car accidents every year, nationwide. Still, some people may not take distracted driving seriously. Some may think that they can get away with a quick text or phone conversation.

However, data suggests that an accident can occur quicker than you might realize.

What Is The Two Second Rule?

According to studies from various automobile safety organizations, it can take just two seconds for an accident to occur when a driver takes their eyes off the road. In fact, data suggests that the chances of getting into an accident can double when your eyes are off the road for more than just these two seconds.

People can fall victim to the two second rule in various ways, too including:

  • Texting or making phone calls
  • Having conversations with passengers
  • Daydreaming
  • Eating or drinking
  • Paying attention to a child or pet in the car
  • Changing music/the radio
  • Looking at a map or GPS

Distracted driving comes in countless forms, but luckily there are ways to avoid all of them.

Safety Tips And Precautions

In order to combat this, many car manufacturers and other organizations are developing technology and policies that can lessen or discourage distracted driving.

Tech such as blind-spot detection and automatic braking can make cars safer, and policies against distracted driving may deter drivers from using their devices while driving.

There are also a few actions you can take to avoid the temptation of texting, device use and other distractions while driving in order to keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads including:

  • Silencing your phone or putting it on “do not disturb” mode
  • Making your phone inaccessible (i.e. putting it in a purse or bag while driving)
  • Using hands-free technology
  • Avoid multitasking (i.e. having breakfast or checking your calendar before leaving for work instead of doing it in the car)
  • Make sure children and pets are properly secured and occupied before driving
  • Pulling over and stopping before searching for directions or changing your music

Prioritizing safety helps keep you, your loved ones and other drivers on the road out of danger all the way to your destination. Distracted driving and succumbing to the two second rule is common, and tempting but avoiding it is simple.


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