To most of us, driving is as normal and mundane as walking up a flight of stairs or brushing our teeth. However, it is one of the most hazardous activities that people typically engage in. Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for a huge number of unnecessary deaths every year, and most of them are the result of distracted driving. When you take your eyes off the road for just a split second, your life or so innocent bystanders life could be over just as quickly.
Here are some of the top dangerous behavior’s, why they are a problem and what we can do to stop these senseless accidents from occurring.
Cell Phone Use
There’s nothing more deadly than talking, texting, checking email, or surfing the Web on a mobile device when you’re driving. Some may argue that talking is fine because your eyes are still on the road, but the person on the other end of the line inhibits your hearing, and your thoughts are also elsewhere. Other cell phone activities that break your visual concentration putting you at even greater risk for crashing. Driving while using a phone is equivalent to driving with a .08 blood alcohol level, according to a University of Utah study, so it’s simple… don’t do it!
Listening to Music
Although having the radio on while driving is less risky than using a cell phone, it’s still something that should be done with caution. This is especially of concern with younger inexperienced drivers. Loud and upbeat music is said to be the most distracting as it engages drivers more and blocks out external sounds. You could miss a honk of the horn, police sirens, or other warning signs with music blasting in the car. It’s also a good idea to drive in silence in busy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
Eating at the Wheel
You probably know many individuals who’ve eaten while driving, but that’s a habit that needs to be broken. A driver may have to look away from the road when eating, and that’s a big no-no. Eating also occupies the hands when they should both be on the steering wheel and it decreases the amount of control you have over your vehicle.
Having company in the car makes the ride much more enjoyable, but you can easily get distracted by the conversation and more. Parents who have crying babies or misbehaving children in the car can also get flustered and make a wrong move. When there are passengers, put more effort into your driving because it will be more difficult to concentrate on the task at hand.
GPS Devices and Other Entertainment Gadgets
Navigational devices can help you stay on course, but they also require you to input addresses and turn to view a tiny screen every so often. Operating portable electronics like handheld video games or mp3 players is also extremely distracting. You are gambling with your life and the lives of those on the road each time you take your eyes off the road.
Distracted driving is clearly a huge problem in today’s world. It can lead to serious injury or death, and there are plenty of statistics to prove it. Some people want to put the blame on handheld technologies, but the real root of the problem is trying to multitask while sitting in the driver’s seat. Driving safely means doing just that–keeping your eyes, ears, and mind on the road and on nothing else. If you happen to have a mishap on ride as a result of driving distracted, or something that is no fault of your own, head to New Look Collision Center in Las Vegas to get your vehicle restored back to new again. Join us in our ongoing ‘Zero Tolerance’ campaign and keeping our roads safe!