3 Risky Driving Distractions
Your daily commute can be hectic. For some, this drive doubles as a time to eat a quick breakfast or talk with the kids, among other things. We get so used to driving that it becomes mundane. It’s only natural that we forget the fundamentals. The first thing you probably learned when you were just learning to drive is to always keep your eyes on the road. Breaking that rule can have tragic and even fatal consequences. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study that provides some insight into our (risky) driving habits.
Here are the 3 most dangerous distractions while driving that most often pull our eyes off the road.
By now, you’ve probably heard it a million times. Still, texting while driving is extremely common and can feel minor. You’re just looking to respond to a colleague or a family member. It only takes a few seconds after all. Yet, according to VTI, drivers of heavy vehicles and trucks who texted while driving were 23.2 times more likely to crash than focused drivers. While you might not be driving an 18-wheeler, these figures still point to the danger that comes along with texting while driving. It’s tempting to text on the road.. but just wait on it!
Dialing a Phone Number
It might not get as bad a wrap as texting but dialing a phone number on the road can be extremely dangerous. Dialing forces you to focus on exactly where you’re typing since there’s no auto-correct. According to the VTI study, drivers who dialed phones were “2.8 times more likely to crash than non-distracted drivers” and “when driving heavy vehicles or trucks, the drivers’ risk of a crash increased to 5.9 times.” Those are massive numbers and point to how dangerous it can be to make that phone call on the road.
Sometimes, kids just don’t get it. When you’re driving, kids can be impatient or misbehave. They often don’t realize how their behavior can affect the person in the driver’s seat. While parenting is a 24-hour, 7 days a week type of endeavor, there are certain moments when it might be best to use better judgment. While driving, use mirrors to speak to kids if absolutely necessary. Otherwise, keep your eyes on the road and make sure your family gets to the destination safely.