Did you know that around 1.35 million people die due to car accidents every year? With so many people getting into motor vehicle crashes it is a good idea to get familiar with the dangers of distracted driving.
Keep reading to learn the top dangers you want to avoid at all costs to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
1. Text Messaging
This might sound obvious and it is illegal in most states but people still text and drive. They think that a few seconds with their eyes off the road will do no harm but this is completely inaccurate.
These causes of distracted driving can really be avoided by keeping the phone in your bag or away from you to avoid temptation. It is almost impossible to be 100% aware of other driver’s actions when you are looking down at your phone to answer a text, even 5 seconds off the road can cause a major and tragic accident.
2. Pull Over
If something is really important the best thing to do is pull over and stop driving instead of trying to take care of something while you are driving. For example, if your toddler is uncontrollably crying because they are hungry, stop and feed them even if you are running late to an appointment. Your safety and lives are more important than being late or even missing an appointment.
In the event of a really important phone call or text message, also pull over and answer it instead of attempting to drive while answering the call or text. Only answer the call if you have Bluetooth enabled and it does not involve you taking both hands off the wheel to answer and speak.
3. Cell Phone Distractions
There are other distractions with your cell phone besides texting and phone calls. One is trying to check the traffic or the weather while you are driving. If this is that important pull your vehicle over and check instead of putting your life in danger.
Trying to post on social media or scroll through your feed is another cell phone distraction that can be avoided. There is no reason to start scrolling while you are behind the wheel. Stop trying to take pictures while you are driving as well, this is silly and can wait or you can pull the car over and take as many pictures as you want without putting yourself and anyone else in the car at risk.
Don’t Ignore These Dangers of Distracted Driving
The last thing you want to do is choose to ignore the dangers of distracted driving we outlined above. We hope that your life and the life of those you love matters a lot more than driving while you are distracted.
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