Most drivers are aware of the dangers of using cellphones while behind the wheel. In 2017, more than 3,100 people were killed and thousands more were injured in car accidents involving distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not only do drivers use their cellular devices to talk to friends, text and compose emails, they take selfies while navigating the roadways alongside other vehicles. Some then continue to post these selfies onto social media sites, and even write captions to describe their picture.
A quick look on popular social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter show thousands of posts of people driving and taking selfies. Instagram alone shows 3,727 posts under the hashtags #drivingselfies and #drivingselfie, as well as 9,700 posts under #drivingtowork.
The dangers of taking a selfies while operating a vehicle may fall short on some drivers. The problem lies in the fact that once drivers take their attention off of the road and place it on something else, they are unable to respond to certain hazards that may appear, such as pedestrians, traffic signals, objects in the road, bad weather conditions and other drivers. Taking a selfie requires drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road in order to complete this task.
In several cases, the posted selfie is the last picture of the driver before they are killed in an auto accident. This sad reminder is proof that drivers should put down their cellphones and keep their eyes and focus on the road.