Top 4 Reasons For Distracted Driving
Every year, more and more car accidents are caused by distracted drivers who were not paying attention to the road. Indeed, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 9 people are killed every day in the United States due to distracted driving. Driving a motor vehicle is a dangerous activity that requires a person’s full attention. If you are driving and find yourself distracted by something, do yourself a favor and try to focus as best you can.
Below is the list of the most common causes of distracted driving incidents:
- Daydreaming (H2 Heading)
The number one reason cited for a driver being distracted is daydreaming. Over half of all distracted drivers said they were daydreaming shortly before their accident and lost sight of the road or the car in front of them. The most common reasons given for daydreaming by these distracted driving victims are long distances and solitary car rides. Drivers should remember that driving requires near constant concentration and focus. If you find you are daydreaming on a long car trip, you should pull over to take a break. A quick nap might save your life.
- Texting While Driving (H2 Heading)
No one should be surprised that cellphone use is one of the top reasons why drivers become distracted. Texting while driving is so widespread that virtually everyone at some point has looked over at the next car over and seen another driver furiously thumb-typing away on their phone when they should be watching the road ahead of them. Most smartphones these days come equiped with safety prevention measures that can help drivers avoid becoming distracted while they drive. If you are a driver who struggles with distractions, you might want to active the safety measures on your phone.
- Rubbernecking (H2 Heading)
Driving a car is no one’s idea of a good time, especially if you’re traveling a long distance. Sitting in your car for hours on end with nothing but your radio to keep you company can grow tedious rather quickly. In such a situation, most people will, literaly, turn to the outside scenary for a welcome distraction. Looking out the window too long, however, can quickly turn deadly. Cars driving ahead of you can stop in the blink of an eye. Do yourself and other drivers a favor and avoid rubbernecking when you drive.
- Other Passengers (H2 Heading)
As nice as it is to have another person riding along with you as you drive, other people can be a huge distraction. Whether it’s due to conversation or just being another presence in the car, you should do your best to pay attention to what is going on around your vehicle as you drive. Don’t be afraid to ask your passengers to be quiet and to not distract you. All it takes is an instant for a car accident to happen. Remember to stay alert as best as you are able.
As smartphones become more and more widespread throughout our culture, distracted driving will only increase with each passing year. The best way to fight distracted driving is to develop good habits and take driving as seriously as possible. You should always keep your eyes on the road, drive with two hands, and put the cellphone away. No text is worth being seriously injured or worse.
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