Over the past several years, distracted driving has been one of the leading causes of car accidents throughout the United States. In 2019 alone, at least 3,142 lives were lost as a result of distracted driving behaviors. Additionally, at least 424,000 people were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers.
Using a phone while driving is the most prevalent distracted driving behavior that motorists engage in, but there are also other ways in which drivers are distracted, such as eating or drinking, grooming themselves, and using infotainment systems.
Here’s why you should always make an effort not to drive distracted:
Mistakes Can Occur in the Blink of an Eye
If you’re texting and driving down the highway at a rate of 55 miles per hour (mph), that’s like traveling the full length of a football field with your eyes closed. Unfortunately, you can only drive safely when your full attention is on the road. Any activity performed that isn’t related to driving is a potential distraction and exacerbates your risk of a collision.
Be a Good Example
Distracted driving accidents are always preventable. Driving can become mundane at times, but it’s important to distract yourself safely so that no one gets hurt. One way to safely distract yourself is by listening to interesting podcasts or music so that your primary focus is on driving.
If you are a parent, it is particularly critical that you avoid distracted driving at all times, but especially in front of your little ones. Your kids will pick up on your actions much quicker than your words. If you don’t practice what you preach, your kids, who will eventually become drivers, will have a hard time taking you seriously and may not follow your guidance.
Even if you’re not a parent, it’s important to practice safe habits behind the wheel. You want to make sure your passengers know how serious you are about driving without distractions. One of the most effective ways to lead is through example. Be a good example for your friends and family by avoiding driving while you’re distracted!