Distracted drivers can kill or injure people who are on the road with them. It is imperative that any driver gives his or her full attention to the road. Letting anything get in the way of that can prove to be a bad decision.
While many people automatically think about smartphones and texts as the thing that distracts drivers, there are some other factors that can have the same impact. Here are some other activities that all drivers should avoid:
Drive-thru restaurants seem to encourage people to eat on the road. Drivers should avoid this because eating and drinking require them to use their hands. In some cases, glancing at the food or reaching for it could lead to the driver losing focus long enough to end up in an accident.
Personal grooming and putting on makeup shouldn’t be done while driving. These activities require a person to focus on the task. This means that they aren’t focusing on the road, which can lead to an accident. Instead, drivers should take care of these before leaving or upon arriving at the destination.
Daydreaming is something else that can lead to being distracted since it takes your mind off of driving. Rubbernecking, listening to loud music, using in-dash or other entertainment systems, changing navigation systems and doing any other activities can all lead to a driver becoming too distracted to drive safely.
When someone is injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, the victim might choose to seek compensation from the driver. This might help with getting medical bills and other costs covered after the accident.
Source: State Farm, “Have You Driven While Distracted? 8 Culprits to Avoid,” accessed Aug. 18, 2017