When we think of Distracted Driving the first thing that comes to mind is texting other types of smartphone use, but that’s not the only dangerous activity that can take your eyes and mind off of the road.
Some Other Examples of Distracted Driving
There are many different types of multi-tasking while behind the wheel that can be just as dangerous. These are some examples:
Eating / Drinking – Consuming food and drink while driving can be deadly. Whether you’re opening or unwrapping food to eat, or you’re focusing on not dripping or spilling, those small moments of focus can be costly.
Passengers – The other people in your vehicle can be quite a distraction. It may be an interesting conversation with a friend, or an lively group having fun in the back, the key is to keep your eye on the road.
Children – Traveling with children can be tough. They require a lot of attention and you may spend too much time looking in the rearview mirror. Remember to be safe about any interactions while driving.
Primping – More than ever these days, people are multitasking to try to get the most out of their time. Whether it’s applying make-up on your way to a big meeting or trying to give your beard a quick trim with a cordless razor, DON’T do it while driving!
Tinkering – There is other technology present in the car that could pull your attention away like adjusting your radio/music, or focusing on a navigation device. Remember to be smart about how much attention you spend on these things and when you do it. Set yourself up BEFORE you’re driving.
Make Driving Priority Number One
The key to avoiding distracted driving is to make driving your first priority. Those other tasks can wait. It only takes a fraction of a second of your attention for an accident to occur.