Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. Whether playing on a cell phone or applying makeup, distractions are very problematic for drivers of all ages. So what are some of the more common distractions that drivers don't think of? Here are four:
1. Hands-Free Devices
If you are like most people, you probably think using a hands-free device is safe. While it is certainly safer than using your eyes and hands, it isn't foolproof. Hands-free devices are still distracting. This is because you are often in deep thought as you compose emails or text messages. You might also get distracted by talking with someone on the phone. Even though hands-free devices are promoted as a safer alternative, it's a good idea to avoid using them while driving.
2. Eating Food or Drinking Beverages
Eating food or drinking a beverage while driving is fairly common. Whether you are running late or on a long road trip, many people prefer to eat while driving to save time. Unfortunately, this can be very distracting. While you eat, you might look down at your food. You might also spill something on yourself, which is also distracting. Because of these reasons, it is best to avoid eating or drinking while driving.
3. Making Adjustments
Another huge distraction to drivers are the features inside their vehicle. GPS navigation systems, air conditioners, heaters, and radios can all be very distracting. These technological features do make driving more comfortable, but in order to adjust them to your preferences you usually need to use your hands. Additionally, you need to look at the devices to ensure you are tuning or adjusting it properly. Combined, this is very dangerous as you will likely not be looking at the road and you won't have both of your hands on the steering wheel.
4. Reaching For Something
Finally, reaching for something in your vehicle can also be dangerous and distracting. Whether you are looking for a pen that has fallen or some change for the drive-thru, reaching for something isn't safe. This is because you will likely be taking your eyes off the road as you bend down or look around. Additionally, you'll likely only have one hand on the steering wheel. Because of this, it's a good idea to not search for objects while driving. Wait until you are at a complete stop and then look for your items to be safe.
As you can see, there are many distractions that plague drivers today. If you have suffered injuries in an auto accident due to a distracted driver, contact a car accident firm, such asKnochel Law, immediately. These professionals can help you win your case.
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