Selfies in the car - deadly self

Olga Nagornyuk
11.08.2015

Selfies in the car - deadly self

The development of technology and the emergence of new gadgets generates among their users of hobbies that are not always safe. The desire to be "in the jet" and stand out against the background of others pushes us to risky actions, leading to a tragic finale. These dangerous hobbies include, in particular, self in a car - a deadly self, leading to death. 

What is a selfie?

The word “selfie” appeared in Russian and mighty quite recently, having migrated from English (self), where in 2013 it became the word of the year. His literal translation sounds like "himself."

 

The appearance of smartphones and iPads has somewhat changed the semantics of this word: now selfies in Russian-speaking countries call the process of taking a photo or video of oneself and publishing it on social networks.

 

You, for sure, met on Instagram or Facebook photos of girls capturing their sponges stretched for a kiss on a smartphone, and guys who personally removed dangerous tricks in their own performance. Here are examples of selfies.

Girl selfie

Most often, such a shooting is harmless. In the actions of the beauty, wearing a tight dress and photographed herself in a seductive pose, there is nothing dangerous.

 

But there are some types of selfies that carry a threat to life and the one who shoots, and those who become involuntary witnesses of this process. We will tell about one of these ways of shooting - self in a car - in our article, because the name “deadly self” is perfect for him.

Selfies in the car: killer statistics

Self-driving a car is a potential killer. However, most young people do not even think about it, considering photographing in a car as innocent entertainment, which does not pose any danger.

Self driving

Ford, concerned about the craze for selfies among young car enthusiasts, surveyed 7,000 European drivers aged 18-24. The results are terrifying:

 

1. Every fourth of the respondents at least once in their life took a selfie while driving, and half of the respondents took photos of the neighborhood while driving.

 

What's so terrible, you say. Just think, a couple of seconds - and the photo is ready. What can happen in such a short time? It turns out a lot.Experts have calculated: taking off at the wheel, the driver is distracted from the road for 14 seconds. A car traveling at a speed of 100 km / h during this time overcomes about 400 meters - a sufficient distance to provoke an accident.

 

2. A quarter of respondents had time, while driving, to view news feeds on the Internet and upload their photos in the social. networks.

 

According to calculations, such actions take about 20 seconds. It is enough for a driver distracted from the road to go to the next lane and crash into a car rushing towards. As a result, an innocent passion for photography will result in tragedy.

 

The results of the driver survey:

 

A country Engaged in self in the car behind the wheel,% Laid out posts on the social network and viewed the news on the Internet,% Photographed while driving,%
Great Britain 33 32 43
France 28 23 41
Germany 28 35 55
Romania 27 25 97
Italy 26 21 40
Spain 18 8 32
Belgium 17 26 41

 

Our compatriots did not participate in the survey, however, we also have drivers who combine driving and photographing.

 

An interesting fact: according to statistics, selfies in the car behind the wheel are much more common for men. Experts believe: women drive more carefully, so they are less likely to be distracted from the road.Perhaps there is another explanation for this: the women in the photo want to look perfect, but while driving, it is not always possible.

What is dangerous selfie in the car?

The driver who is driving the car should be as collected and focused as possible. The road does not forgive carelessness. Having distracted for a few seconds to shoot, you may not notice a car rushing towards you, not notice a pedestrian crossing the road, fly into the oncoming lane and crash into another car, not notice the pedestrian crossing the road. Bottom line: broken cars and victims, among which may be the selfer itself.

 

It only seems that a second distraction from the situation on the road does not entail any risks. In fact, everything is not so cloudless:

  • SMS sending takes, on average, 10 seconds. During this time, the car overcomes 280 meters;

Selfies in the car

  • dialing a phone number takes 7 seconds, during which the car manages to drive 200 meters;
  • It takes 4 seconds for a woman to fix her hair, during which the car has time to run 120 meters.

Drivers know that during critical situations the score goes on for seconds, and it may be you who may not be enough because of a selfie or a phone call.

Examples of accidents as a result of selfie in the car

In order not to be unfounded, we give the cases of accidents that occurred at the time when the drivers were engaged in selfies.

 

1. 26-year-old American Colette Moreno, on the eve of her own wedding, went with her friend Ashley Tobald to the lake, where they planned to hold a hen party. Ashley, who was driving, was distracted from the road, having decided to participate with Colette in a selfie, as a result of their Chevrolet Malibu crashed into a pickup truck. Colette died, she left a five-year son.

Colette Moreno Selfie

Later, the survivor in the accident, Ashley said: the road was free, and she drove into the oncoming lane to overtake the wagon without noticing the slope ahead. Because of him, the oncoming car suddenly seemed, but the girl, who was busy with selfies, could not quickly navigate and avoid a collision.

 

2. The life of an American from North Carolina. Courtney Sanford ended on the 32nd year because of a selfie in a car. Having photographed herself smiling, she managed to post a picture on the social network, but these seconds were not enough for her to assess the situation on the road and dodge the garbage truck leaving from the corner.

Courtney Sanford Selfie

By the impact of a pickup, Courtney was taken to a ditch, the woman died on the spot.

 

3. Puerto Rican Ramon Gonzalez, was known in the United States as a rapper Jadiel.Returning in the evening on his favorite bike home after meeting with his parents, he decided to take a selfie while driving. Taking a picture, he lost control, the motorcycle drove into the oncoming lane and got under the wheels of the car.

Ramon Gonzalez Selfie

From his injuries, Ramon died in hospital.

 

4. Iranian girls involved in selfies on this video, fortunately, remained alive. However, the accident, which happened because of their desire to shoot themselves beloved, for a long time discouraged them from being distracted from the road.

But in the photo the same girls after the accident.

Iranian girls selfie

In Russia, the Ministry of Education has already realized the scale of a possible tragedy and plans to introduce electives in which students will be told about the rules of safe self. Having matured and sat behind the wheel, they will already know what threatens the selfie in the car. In Ukraine, such steps are not being taken yet.

Alternative to Self-Driving

The legislator has not yet limited the right of the driver to take pictures while driving. In the Rules of the road there is only a ban on making calls on a mobile phone without using hands-free devices.

 

Perhaps over time, changes will be made,but so far we have to rely only on the prudence of people sitting behind the wheel, as well as on new developments of design engineers who are not tired of improving the car security system.

 

Honda, which quickly responded to a new hobby for young people, has already developed and presented the HR-V SLF Selfie crossover model on the American market, which has 10 video cameras. Such a “filling” of the car allows the driver to record everything that happens in the car, connect a smartphone and unload the footage into the social network.

HR-V SLF Selfie

However, the designers warn: during the movement, an automatic survey is not performed for safety reasons. Perhaps the new Honda with ten cameras is just the first step on the way to a car-gadget, functional and safe.

 


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