Distracted driving is a leading causes of car crashes in the United States. Not paying attention to the road can put yourself and others in danger. Pedestrians who are crossing the street may not be looking out for you. Children who are chasing a ball in the street may not be looking for cars either. What are some common distractions that cause accidents?
Cell Phone Use
It seems like everyone is using their cell phones while driving. Most states outlaw the use of phones without a hands-free device. However, this does not stop many people from sending and looking at text messages while behind the wheel. Drivers may also be using their phones to update social media pages while they are on their way to work. Keep in mind that you can travel several hundred feet in the time it takes to glance at your phone.
Driving While Drunk
You should never attempt to drive a car if you have been drinking beforehand. It is illegal in many states to drive a car if your BAC is above .08. Even if you are below that level, alcohol can still impair your ability to drive. Your ability to react to changing road conditions is significantly lower when you have had too much to drink. Simply call a cab or have a friend drive you home if you have been drinking.
Driving Long Distances
Highway driving can be dangerous merely because it is so boring. Many thruways and turnpikes feature flat roads with little scenery. If you are tired, this may make it even harder to concentrate on what others are doing. Make it a point to change the radio station, roll down a window or pull over if you find your mind wandering.
Try to drive long distances with a companion. This will give you someone to share the driving with as well as have someone to keep you alert. Accidents happen when you don’t realize that the person in front of your just slammed their brakes on to avoid debris in the road.
You Lost Something In The Car
Your wallet just fell out of your pocket and under the seat. Many people in your situation will decide that looking for the wallet without stopping the car isn’t a big deal. Struggling to reach that wallet will take your eyes and attention off of the road. Within seconds, a child could be running into the street chasing a football that his dad overthrew. You won’t be able to stop in time if you are still looking down for your wallet.
That Fast Food Won’t Eat Itself
Trying to get a meal in before work isn’t easy. Therefore, going through the drive-thru at your local fast food joint is an ideal solution. However, you don’t have time to eat it where you are. This means attempting to drive with one hand while eating your breakfast burrito with the other. Trying not to spill your food while driving through busy streets during rush hour is a recipe for an accident.
Distracted driving can be easily avoided. Keep your eyes on the road at all times. This will allow you to stop suddenly if need be. Temporarily losing your wallet is much easier to take than hitting a small child in the street.
Christopher Steven blogs to encourage safety awareness in his Tulsa community with the Gorospe & Smith Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyer Firm.