Drivers' Bad Habits

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Teacher: Janet Cortez ENC1101 – Fall Term 2012 Miami Dade College West Campus
Jorgen Ramirez
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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...
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