Each time you get behind the wheel of a car, it is your responsibility to practice safe driving practices; however, many people are driving while distracted. In fact, in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 400,000 people sustained injuries from auto accidents caused by distracted drivers and thousands were killed. The good news is that you can avoid fatal distractions while driving if you focus on the roadway and avoid other diversions.
In a busy, tech-savvy world, the average person has a million things to do in the course of a day, so unfortunately, some of these tasks are undertaken while driving. Some of the most common things you may do that takes your mind and eyes off the road include:
- Applying Makeup
- Reading Books
- Talking on the Phone
- Perusing Social Media
- Talking to Passengers
- Changing the Radio/Stereo
- Searching Navigation
- And More
You may be guilty of some of these above distractions, or at least noticed others juggling all sorts of activities while driving. While younger drivers are noted as the most distracted, drivers of all ages are guilty of driving while distracted.
Don’t Be a Distracted Driver
With distractions on the rise, it is vital you prioritize road safety and realize some things need to wait. The results, otherwise, could be deadly. Below are key tips on how to focus on driving in an effort to promote safe driving:
Plan Your Route Prior to Driving- Looking at navigation or directions when traveling to your destination means your eyes are off the road. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second, can result in a crash. Know where you are going before you get behind the wheel.
Pull Over if You Have to Text or Talk on Phone– Texting is the number one distraction. Do NOT text and drive. If it is urgent to text or talk on the phone, pull off the road to a safe location.
Stay on Alert of Other Distracted Drivers- Keep your eyes open for others who seem to be erratic in their driving skills. He/she could be texting, grooming, or any of the typical distractions so it is recommended you maintain a safe distance from others who are not driving safely.
Take Extra Time to Groom, Eat, and Drink BEFORE Driving- Perhaps it may mean getting up 15 minutes or so earlier, but preparation is key. Applying mascara, brushing hair, eating, and drinking while driving are all huge distractions that easily result in unsafe driving practices. Keep yourself and others safe when traveling on the roads.
Distractions Can Be Deadly
In a busy world, it can be tempting to juggle a variety of tasks while driving from Point A to Point B, but the end result could be fatal if you are distracted. Keep your eyes on the road and try to focus on a safe driving experience each and every time you get behind the wheel. We, at Twin City Insurance Associates, understand the issue with distracted drivers and potential accidents and we are here to assist you with all your N.C. auto insurance needs. Call us TODAY at 828-464-2643.