One of the leading causes of auto accidents in the US is distracted driving, which causes hundreds of thousands of deaths on an annual basis.
From cell phone usage to picking the right music to simple discussions, distracted driving is something most drivers are guilty of from time to time.
But that’s no excuse.
Take the first step toward becoming a safer driver by reading this breakdown of the numerous types of distracted driving and the effects of each.
We’ll begin by looking at the most common type of distraction, visuals.
When we think of visual diversions, most of us immediately go straight to cell phone usage. And for good reason! Cell phones were found at the root of over one-quarter of the nation’s accidents.
And while texting while driving is illegal in most states, that doesn’t stop drivers from sending message after message.
But in truth, there are so many other types of visual distractions that can be just as dangerous.
For instance, rubbernecking, or the act of slowing down to get a better look at something (often a car accident, ironically). Slowing down suddenly and looking away from the road for even a matter of seconds can result in swerving or rear-ending a nearby car.
Sight-seeing is another big distraction. Sure, that deer off in the distance is adorable. But becoming so intrigued by it that you neglect your duties as a driver can cost others their lives.
While most distractions on the road come from some form of visual stimulation, a sudden loud noise can be just as dangerous.
Hearing a loud noise in the distance, for example, could cause a driver to look in their rearview mirror and rear-end the car in front of them.
Of course, the most common type of audio-based distraction is undoubtedly music.
There’s nothing wrong with belting your heart out as you listen to that new radio you just installed. In fact, that’s part of what makes driving so much fun!
But becoming so distracted by the beat that it results in an accident is flat-out irresponsible. So have fun and crank up the tunes. Just make sure to do so within reason.
Sometimes there’s nothing more relaxing than a long drive on the highway. It can become downright hypnotizing, even!
Yet daydreaming can cause even the most responsible of drivers to become distracted. Be careful and remain aware of other drivers at all times.
Don’t Let These Types of Distracted Driving Result In An Accident
It’s all too easy to become distracted, even for one moment. But knowing about the most common types of distracted driving may save your life one day.
So remember, stay alert at all times. Driving can be a great pastime, but drivers have a unique responsibility to those around them.
Stay safe and we’ll see you on the road!
And don’t forget to keep reading our blog for more great tips to help you make the most of your time with your vehicle.