Distracted driving has become one of the better-known risks you will likely encounter on the road. Billboards, television ads and even fictional stories seek to warn people, especially young adults, about the myriad dangers associated with mobile phone use while driving.
Inspiring people to keep their phones out of their hands and line of sight while driving is certainly beneficial, but it may give some people a false sense of security. Just because someone doesn’t have a phone in their hand doesn’t mean that distraction isn’t impacting the way that they drive. Many forms of distracted driving don’t involve technology at all.
Don’t try to fit your daily routine into your commute
The sad truth about distracted driving is that it is incredibly common because people don’t seem to recognize the risks they take when they do things other than drive while in control of a car. Those with long commutes may feel particularly motivated to do other things while driving to feel like they have lost less of their time.
People sometimes choose to eat, finish dressing, brush their hair, apply their makeup or even shave while in control of a vehicle. All of these activities are dangerous because they require that you take your hands off of the wheel and possibly your eyes off the road as well.
Don’t let your mind wander while driving
Have you ever gotten so into planning what you will do when you reach your destination that you don’t even remember your commute? Internal or mental distraction may not take your hands off the wheel or make you look away from your windshield, but it is still dangerous. Your best bet for staying safe on the road is to keep yourself fully focused on the task of driving until you reach your destination.
If you get into a crash caused by a driver whom you believe was distracted at the time, you may be able to hold them accountable for the impact of the crash on your health and finances through an insurance claim or even a personal injury lawsuit.