Distracted driving is the leading cause of vehicle accidents in the US. In fact, it caused around 400,000 injures in 2018. However, many individuals don’t realize what exactly is involved in it. There are many different types of “distractions” that can divert your attention away from the road.
In this article, we are going to take a look at just six that can all lead to serious car accidents.
Let’s get started.
Without a doubt, mobile phones are probably the biggest and most well-known cause of distracted driving. Texting and answering calls (even hands-free) may seem innocent, but they take your mind and eyes of the road.
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It’s tempting to reach over and have a snack while you are behind the wheel, but that burger or packet of potato chips can cause a large accident. When you’re eating, you’re not correctly holding the wheel, and if you drop something, your eyes wander. If you’re hungry or thirsty, pull over to the side of the road. You’ll be able to get some rest and will feel more energized for your trip.
Aside from mobile phones, daydreaming is the most common distraction. It is also a sign that you are fatigued, which can cause some of the most severe vehicle crashes. In order to prevent it from happening, the key is to take things slowly and avoid driving long distances. Driving is not a passive activity, and if you don’t have the patience or ability to concentrate, you shouldn’t do it for long.
Just like eating and drinking, smoking takes your hands off the wheel, but that’s not the only thing you should worry about. Even with rolling your windows down, one cigarette can produce dangerous levels of air pollution. It’s bad for your health and bad for the people around you.
Dogs barking, children fighting in the backseat, and your friends singing along to the radio. There’s no denying that pets and passengers can be one of the most “distracting” distractions. In order to keep your mind focused, make sure that everyone, including your furry friend, remains quiet and seated. If they are unable to do so, they may need to find a different ride.
Adjusting Vehicle Controls
Finally, the last distraction on this list is adjusting vehicle controls. Whether you’re turning on the AC or turning down the radio, fiddling with buttons diverts your attention. If you need to make adjustments pull over or have a passenger do it for you. At the end of the day, it’s not worth the risk.
And that’s it. These were six common road distractions. Some other honorable mentions that you should always aim to avoid include.
– Applying makeup
– Using a GPS
– Sunlight and dusk or dawn
– Insects/bugs inside the vehicle