What is distracted driving? The most common forms uncovered
Car accidents are a frightening prospect. Sadly, for many people, they’re a devastating reality. Leaving them with horrendous injuries and even suffering from subsequent pain for the rest of their lives, a car accident is something that no one wants to get caught up in. However, did you know that you could be increasing the likelihood of a crash, without even realising it?
A staggering amount of car accidents and deaths on the road are caused by distracted drivers, and worryingly, most drivers are guilty of this at some point in their lives. Distracted driving usually means trying to multitask whilst driving and failing to give the road ahead your full attention, and therefore causing a crash. Click here if you need to speak to a Butler County personal injury lawyer.
In theory, if you’re made aware of the different forms of distracted driving then you’re more likely to avoid them. Here we’ll take a look at the most common examples of distracted driving.
Using your smartphone
Smartphones are part of everyday life. Most of us have more information about ourselves and our lives on our smartphones than we do in our homes. So, it’s hardly surprising that many motorists find it difficult not to find themselves distracted by these little devices. Texting or messaging whilst driving, taking phone calls, even scrolling social media and taking selfies, whatever your reason for picking up your phone whilst driving, you’re more likely to have a crash. Even if it’s just for a second.
Adjusting the radio/music
Most of us love listening to music whilst driving and finding that perfect song is important. Sadly, many people place their favourite song over the safety of other road users without realising it. Whether you’re changing the radio station, skipping songs or finding the right playlist, even if you take your eyes off the road for a second, you’re increasing your chances of crashing.
Eating and drinking
Late breakfast? Or can’t wait until you get home to eat? Eating behind the wheel is incredibly dangerous, you’re distracted, unable to hold the steering wheel properly and manoeuvre other parts of the vehicle. You’re also at risk of choking and even burning yourself, which may also make you lose control of the vehicle.
Whether it’s your children being silly on the backseat, or your teen arguing with you in the front. Friends trying to distract you with funny stories, or what’s on their phone, other passengers can seriously impact your concentration and your ability to focus.
Always give the road your full attention. If you need to use your phone, pull over. If the baby is crying in the backseat, pull over to console them as soon as possible. Don’t eat behind the wheel and focus!