Let’s face it, in today’s day and age we are constantly surrounded by growing technologies and distractions. As much as we love the addition of social media, texting, and calling into our everyday lives, it’s all dangerous once you get behind the wheel.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts the driver’s attention from driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 alone, 2,841 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
Distracted Driving goes beyond just texting and driving. Here are a few things that distract drivers on the road:
- Talking on the phone (even with Bluetooth)
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting the radio
- Reading a map or glancing at your GPS
- Grooming yourself (putting on makeup, fixing your hair, etc.)
- Talking to passengers
Additionally, distracted drivers are not just teenagers either, it can be anybody. It’s important when we get behind the wheel, we take our driving seriously.
What are the dangers?
A car crash.
Distracted driving leads to unwanted car accidents. You or your passengers can get severely hurt or even lose a life. I know it may seem easy and innocent, grabbing your phone to text someone back. However, it’s not worth it. Those 5 seconds can mean your life. Don’t put yourself or anyone else in danger.
The next time you get into the car:
- put your phone away
- Know where you are going
- Eat before or after your drive
- Watch for distracted drivers
Moreover, distracted driving is preventable. Take your driving seriously.
Unfortunately, if you do find yourself in an auto accident due to distracted driving, call 1-800-ASK-Gary. 1-800-ASK-GARY is a Lawyer and Medical Accident Helpline. If you need the help of someone you can trust after an auto accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or some other type of accident, contact 1-800-ASK-GARY today.