Distracted driving is quickly becoming a major culprit for traffic accidents
across the country. While many of us associate the use of cell phones
with distracted driving, any activity that requires a driver’s attention
is considered distracting. If you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle,
you must always devote your full attention to it. Failing to do so risks
not only your own life, but the lives of your passengers, or others on the road.
Here are some of the most common causes of distracted driving, which you
1.Grooming or applying makeup: Perhaps you did not have enough time to put the finishing touches on your
appearance and need just a few more things to look polished, but this
is not something you should be addressing while driving. However, too
many continue to comb their hair or apply lipstick while driving, taking
their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road. If you really want to
look your best, take those few extra minutes to do so while you are still at home.
2.Having conversations with passengers: It might feel rude to not converse with passengers riding with you, but
talking to passengers while you are driving is actually incredibly distracting.
You cannot have your full attention on driving while you are engaging
in a conversation and possibly taking glances at your passengers while
they speak. The polite thing to do is to not jeopardize anyone’s
safety and save conversations for later.
3.Not looking at the road: There are a number of reasons why drivers might divert their eyes from
the road, including landmarks or an accident on the side of the road.
It is important to remember that taking your eyes off the road, even for
a second, is extremely dangerous and can easily lead to an accident.
4.Dealing with children or pets: Attempting to handle children or pets while you are driving puts everyone
in the vehicle in danger. Never drive with a pet loose in your vehicle.
Instead, keep them in a pet carrier. Create a set of rules that your children
are to follow when riding in the vehicle and do not attempt to discipline
them while you are driving. If something absolutely must be addressed,
pull to a safe area and take care of it before you resume driving.
5.Zoning out: Sometimes the most distracting thing on the road is our own mind. Going
on autopilot, however, is dangerous and can keep you from noticing obstacles
on the road or from being aware of your surroundings, putting you at a
high risk for having an accident.
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