We’ve all seen drivers who multitask behind the wheel, whether talking on the phone, eating breakfast, or even putting on makeup.
Thousands of drivers take their attention away from the road while behind the wheel every day, causing far too many needless accidents. That’s why it’s essential to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving and ensure you’re not doing anything that could jeopardize your safety or the safety of others on the road.
It’s more than just texting while driving
Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from the task of driving and is responsible for more than 3,000 fatalities each year. It can be divided into three main categories:
- Visual distractions take your eyes off the road, such as looking at a phone or adjusting the radio
- Manual distractions involve taking your hands off the wheel, such as eating or texting while driving
- Cognitive distractions take your mind off of driving, such as talking to passengers or daydreaming
To decrease distractions while driving, be sure you have all items you need, such as directions, phone numbers, etc., before you leave. Turning off or silencing electronic devices while behind the wheel is also important. Finally, be aware of your surroundings and try to minimize conversation with passengers so that you can stay focused on driving.
While there have been multiple public service campaigns to educate people on the dangers of distracted driving, it remains a problem. If you are hurt in a car accident due to a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.