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Driving Distractions – Texting and Others

15 Oct Blog | Comments

Driving is a privilege, not a right.  You have to earn the right to drive. You must take a class, study, get a particular number of hours driving behind the wheel, take a written test, take a driving test and pass both parts of the exam. Then even after all that you still cannot drive by yourself for a period of time.

The reason they do that is because learning to drive is not easy and it is a huge responsibility. There are so many things you have to watch for when you are driving: other cars, people, weather, etc… It requires practice and understanding the road rules. It also requires a lot of focus and concentration. There are so many things that can distract you that it is important to be aware of them so you don’t fall into the bad habit of doing them.

Texting is probably one of the biggest and most deadly driving distractions. Texting takes your eyes, completely, off the road and by doing that you open yourself up to any number of things happening. The car in front of you could slam on their breaks. Anything could cross your path, from a ball, to a garbage can, to a child. Taking your eyes off the road while you are driving slows down your reaction time and could ultimately kill you or someone else.

Eating and driving is another driving distraction. You again take your eyes off the road for moments and those moments can cause an accident. Also, even once you get your eyes back on the road food is not the easiest thing to juggle. Drinks spill, or food falls, like ketchup on your shirt and now all of your attention has shifted to that instead of the road.

Shaving or applying makeup while driving is also a distraction. Even if you are able to keep one eye on the road, your full concentration is not where it belongs. Any time you aren’t giving your full attention to the road while driving you risk an accident. And since you aren’t giving your full attention to shaving or putting makeup on you may also accidentally cut yourself or poke your eye while putting eye shadow on.

Believe it or not listening to the radio while driving is also a distraction. It does not take your eyes off the road, so long as you are not switching channels, but it can take your concentration off the road. If you are singing or tapping along with the music you may not be focusing on driving. It can also inhibit your ability to hear a fire truck, ambulance, police car or another person’s horn.

Other people are also a distraction while you are driving. If you are in a car with 3 friends and they are all talking and laughing you will want to join in. By joining in you are allowing yourself to be distracted. Or if someone screams out the window at a person walking that too is a distraction because it is only natural to look to see who he/she is yelling at.

There are tons of distractions while you are driving. It is your job to tune those out and concentrate on the road. You need to be aware of all the things going on around you at all times. It you are texting, eating, shaving or putting on makeup, listening to the radio or talking to the other people in your car you are not fully concentrating on driving. By letting your concentration slip you are opening yourself up for the possibility of getting into a car accident.


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