Sometimes I dont #DecideToDrive, I just make it because I frankly, have been fortunate. Just a few weeks ago I was "driving" and I decided to check a text message instead of keeping my eyes on the road-no big deal right, wrong. I had to swerve to avoid my car running into a light pole. It shook me up thinking about what if that had been a person? Or what if I would have hit that pole?
We all know that texting and talking on our cell phones is considered distracted driving, but there are other things that also distract you from driving effectively and paying attention to the road.
What is distracted driving?
Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off your primary task: driving safely. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
Top 10 things people do while driving that are distracting:
1. Eating or drinking on the way to work.
2. Putting on Mascara before your date. This also includes shaving for the guys...or any type of personal grooming
3. Listening to headphones because your music is only in your cell phone and not in your car.
4. Aggressive hand gestures when other people are distracted driving.
5. Strapping up your shoes while driving. Strap them up after you get there, because driving in heels isn't safe either.
6. Talking to other people in the car and looking at them(and not the road), especially in the read view mirror.
7. Adjusting your navigation system while you are driving. Put your destination address in the navigation before you leave the house. Not in the middle of traffic.
8. Sleep driving or driving while you are really tired. It's not safe to be on the side of the road by yourself, but if you are too tired to drive, stay where you are.
9. Reading the paper or any other books. Sometimes when you are in traffic you might be tempted to read your tablet or a newspaper, even if you are bearly moving, don't read and drive!
10. Rubber necking. Mind your business and stop looking at the police pulling somebody over or the accident that you just missed.
Remember, the most advanced safety feature of any vehicle is the driver. The AAOS and the Auto Alliance urges all drivers to keep their most sophisticated safety features engaged at all times: eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
What are some other things that you do while driving that can distract you while you are driving?
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