When people talk about distracted driving, they’re usually refering to teens texting, or on-the-go businessmen juggling too many tasks, but one of the worst distractions might be something parents do every day: driving with kids in the backseat of the car.
Studies have found that children are 12 times more distracting to the driver than talking on a cell phone while at the wheel. According to their findings, the average parent takes their eyes off the road for a staggering three minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute trip.
It can be stressful, but there are solutions. Experts say the first thing to do is set up car rules so your kids know what to expect. If they drop something, parents need to make sure they know the driver cannot pick it up until the car stops.
Be safe out there!