You may have heard a lot about how cellphones are driving distractions, and there is plenty of evidence that they are the most common of them all. Everything from texting to browsing social media can cause an accident. There are also distractions like pets, children, passengers and events outside of the car.
However, it is very important to note that even in-car systems and devices that you use can be serious distractions. They also can cause accidents, though they feel far less problematic than a cellphone.
What types of issues may drivers face?
If you really want to avoid becoming a distracted driver, avoid these common issues drivers face:
- Adjusting the mirrors in the car
- Changing the climate controls
- Adding a destination to the GPS — or altering or canceling a current destination
- Changing the radio station
- Adjusting the seating
- Looking for the controls for lights, windshield wipers, etc.
There are clearly times when you need to do all of these things, but they still take your eyes off of the road. To stay safe, make as many adjustments as you can before you drive. If you have to make additional adjustments on the move, try to pull over and find a safe place to do so.
Have you been injured in an accident?
Understanding how distracted driving happens is only half of the battle. Another driver can still hit you and cause catastrophic damage to both you and your vehicle. Even when you’re focused on safety. you need to know about all of the legal options you have to seek compensation for your injuries.