Distracted driving is dangerous and has become much more frequent in our technology-driven society.
Common Causes of Driving Distraction
There are many things that can result in distraction, and it is your job as a driver to avoid things that can cause your attention to waver. Common causes of distraction which should be avoided include things such as:
- Food or beverages in the vehicle
- Changing the radio or an MP3 player
- Rowdy passengers or multiple passengers
- Pets as passengers
- Trying to read a map or GPS device while driving
- Calling, texting, or checking emails while driving
When a person drives while distracted, it is dangerous not only for him or her but also the other drivers nearby. Distraction can result in lane deviation, running a stop sign or red light, or veering off the roadway which can cause a collision with another vehicle. Additionally, inattentive drivers may not notice cyclists and pedestrians sharing the roadway, which can put them at risk of devastating injuries.
Any one of these forms of distracted driving is enough to cause an accident. Unfortunately, most of these can be avoided if a driver is careful to observe what he or she is doing at all times while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
What Can You do to Limit the Dangers of Distracted Driving?
You can’t control the actions of other drivers on the road. But there are small changes you can make to help influence how others view distracted driving.
- Serve as an example - Don’t engage in distracted driving yourself. If you are a passenger with a distracted driver, inform them of the dangers of their actions.
- Inform new drivers - If you are teaching your children to drive, express to them the importance of never driving distracted. Drivers aged 15 - 19 are involved in the largest percentage of fatal distracted driving crashes annually.
- Speak out in your community - Speak about the dangers of distracted driving in the community organizations you are involved in or at your children’s school.