You’re driving up to an intersection, the light is green, and at that moment you receive a text message from your friend telling you when and where the party is going to be for Saturday. In what seems like a blink of an eye, you’re on the side of the road exchanging insurance information with the driver in front of you who had come to a stop at the intersection. But when did the light turn red? You remember it being green and that’s why you figured you were safe to check the text message you had just received. It can happen that quickly and it can happen anywhere. Distracted driving is a major problem facing today’s drivers of all ages, and it’s only getting worse. It’s safe to say that everyone has become distracted at some point during their time driving, whether it is from a cell phone, advertising on the side of the road, or something that is heard over the radio.
While the choice of being distracted is not always yours, there are situations where you have more control than you think. Possibly the biggest distraction that we drive with every day is our cell phone. While it may only take a moment to check the notification on your phone, a moment is all it takes to end up in an unfortunate incident that may have been preventable. Did you know that 71% of teens admit to having sent a text while driving and that 78% admit to reading a text while driving? That is an alarming number and one that you should pay close attention to. Essentially it means that out of 100 teens on the road, an average of (for sake of counting people as whole) 75 of them become distracted while driving. We are not saying that it is only teens who become distracted while driving by any means. During an early morning commute to work you can see adults engaging in such tasks as grooming, eating their breakfast, texting, reading the notes from yesterday’s meeting, or even (believe it or not) watching a video on their tablet! The point is that distractions are everywhere while some are created by us.
Prevent Yourself From Becoming Distracted
As we said, distractions are sometimes inevitable but many times, they can be prevented by you, the driver. When someone texts you while you’re driving, you can either ignore it, pull over to a safe area to read it, set up an automated message response that lets them know you’re driving or put your phone on silent and in your glove box. There are many steps you can take to prevent yourself from being distracted by your phone, which one will be the most effective for you is something you have to figure out. One less distracted driver on the road is one less for everyone driving to worry about.
Stay focused and stay safe.