Distracted driving is one of the leading contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2020 in the U.S.
Drivers should concentrate on driving to be safe and to protect other road users. Below are four distractions that cause accidents.
1. Using the phone
Talking on the phone, texting or scrolling through music options while driving is dangerous. It takes a driver’s eyes off the road and causes mental distraction. Further, receiving emotional news while driving can distract a driver, as they may start crying or laughing, focusing less on the road.
2. Using a navigation system
Navigation systems have made it easier for people to find new destinations. However, they can be distracting because a driver may fully focus on following the directions, diverting their attention from the road. Besides, a driver following this system may make sudden turns and lane changes, endangering other drivers.
3. Looking outside
With eye-catching advertisements everywhere and luxurious cars on the road, a driver may be tempted to look at them, increasing the chances of hitting another car.
4. Eating and drinking
Eating or drinking while driving is becoming popular with the existing busy life. Some drivers prefer multi-tasking – instead of sitting at an eatery, they would rather eat while heading to the next errand.
Although this seems like a strategy to save time, it takes attention off the road and may take the driver’s hands off the wheels. The reaction time of such a driver will be slowed or delayed when they need to respond quickly.
A distracted driver can hit your car, causing you to suffer injuries. If this is your case, get adequate information to make the right moves.