By now you probably know that using your cell phone while driving can be incredibly dangerous. However, there are many other ways people drive distracted that could put you in just as much danger. Distracted driving causes many car accidents and it does not always mean texting while driving.
Here are four other common forms of distracted driving you may want to be aware of the next time you pull out of the driveway.
Many people eat or drink while in the car. It saves time and can be more convenient. However, having anything besides the steering wheel in your hands while driving presents danger to other drivers on the road. Keep an eye out for people drinking their morning coffee or having a snack on the road.
Listening to music
Almost everyone listens to music, the radio or a podcast while driving. It passes the time and keeps people entertained. But it also keeps people distracted, sometimes too distracted. If a person’s mind is focused on the song or the conversation they are listening to, they may not notice their surroundings.
It can be difficult to tell if someone is distracted by their music or podcast while driving, so the only way to be aware of this distraction is to be extra vigilant while on the roads.
Driving with passengers can also be a source of distracted driving. A chatty friend, kids in the back seat and dogs in the car can cause distraction while on the road. Any extra noise or activity while in the car can become distracting and cause someone to lose focus. Be aware of other drivers who may seem preoccupied with their kids or pet in the back seat because they may not be paying close enough attention to the road.
People who are overly emotional can also be dangerous to drive around. Anger, sadness and other strong emotions can be a cause of distracted driving. People who are upset may be more likely to behave erratically and may not be completely focused on driving. This is another distraction you cannot immediately detect in another driver. It is another reason you should stay extra focused when driving.
These distractions may seem relatively unimportant, but they can cause serious accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving caused over 30,000 crashes in 2015. Anything that takes a driver’s focus away from the road has the potential to cause a crash. Being aware of these potential distractions can help you watch for them and keep yourself safe from other distracted drivers.
If a distracted driver caused an accident that involved you, you may want to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess your situation. You may be entitled to compensation. Do not let a distracted driver cause you unnecessary harm.