Top 10 Driving Distractions
Distracted driving is a major cause of car-related injuries and death and the top ten causes of distracted driving may surprise you. With summer approaching, we will see more teenage drivers on the road and it is important to talk to your young driver about driving distractions. We have all been guilty of being distracted one way or another while driving and it is important to talk to our loved ones about safe driving and how to avoid distractions. Take a look at the top 10 driving distractions.
- Generally distracted or “lost in thought”
- Cell phone use
- Outside person, object or event
- Other occupants
- Using a device brought into the car
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting audio or climate controls
- Using devices or controls to operate the vehicle
- Moving objects
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracting driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to other passengers, and anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds and at 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
How to Avoid Driving Distractions
Of course, there are ways to avoid driving distractions and to be safer while on the roads. Take a look at some things you can do to avoid driving distractions.
- Turn off your cell phone
- Get a hands-free device to call in case of emergencies
- Make sure children and pets are secure
- Eat before or after you drive
- Program your GPS before you leave
Share this blog with your family and friends to let them know the dangers of distracted driving. We at Arlington Toyota want everyone to be safe on the roads. Check out our blog for other helpful tips and tricks.