Most people dread the idea of being in an accident, much less causing one. Yet, every day, many people drive while they’re distracted. This increases the risk they’ll be in an accident significantly because they’re not paying attention to the road and will not be able to stop in time if something happens. Driving while distracted includes any situation where the driver isn’t paying full attention to the road, including the following.
Doing Anything on a Phone
Texting while driving is already illegal in many places, but texting is not the only issue. Setting up the GPS, checking social media, finding a phone number to call someone, or doing anything else on a smartphone can easily distract the driver. When the driver’s hands are on their phone and they look away from the road, they won’t stop in time if anything occurs.
Eating or Drinking While Driving
Of course, drinking alcoholic beverages while driving is illegal. Drinking soda, water, or any other beverages as well as eating while driving counts as driving while distracted. When the driver only has one hand on the road and they’re paying attention to picking up food or a drink, they’re not paying attention to the road.
Talking to Kids or Passengers
It’s natural to talk to others who are in the vehicle, but this could count as driving while distracted. If the driver looks away from the road to look at someone they’re talking to, they aren’t paying attention to what’s going on. Plus, if they get into the conversation, they may start thinking more about what they’re going to say instead of what’s going on around them.
Changing the Radio Station
Changing the radio station is something everyone does, but it is possible for this to lead to an accident. If the driver is changing the station and looks down to make sure they find the one they want, they might not see a car suddenly stopping in front of them.
When you’re driving, make sure you pay attention to the road at all times. Even something as simple as changing the radio station can take your attention off the road and you could end up in an accident. If you avoid distracted driving, you can significantly lower your chances of being in a car accident whenever you’re driving.