If everyone gave their full attention to the road when driving a vehicle, there would be far fewer crashes, injuries and deaths on the country’s streets and highways. Yet, if you have ever tried to conduct an online business meeting while working from home, you will know that the world is full of distractions.
Drivers are not superhuman, and it is unreasonable to expect them to maintain a Zen-like focus at all times when behind the wheel. Road signs and things outside the window can distract them. Yet, many drivers choose to add distractions to their journey.
Drivers need to minimize things that demand their attention
Drivers could avoid many accidents if they stop for a few seconds or minutes to sort things out rather than trying to do them while driving. Here are some examples:
- Children: Taking time before you set off to ensure your kids are strapped in, have a drink, a coloring book and wear appropriate clothing for the car temperature can reduce the amount they distract you.
- Food and drink: How much earlier would you need to wake up each morning to finish that cup of herbal tea, to avoid needing to take it in a travel mug and drink it while driving? How much longer would your journey take if you turned off the engine to eat a burger rather than tried to do so while balancing a box of fries on your lap while moving?
- Music: Select your favorite radio station, album or playlist before pulling off the driveway, not while driving along the road.
- Phone calls, emails and messages: Attending to any of these while driving is hazardous.
If a driver crashes into you and injures you, there is a likelihood they were distracted at the time. Distracted driving is a well-known problem, and drivers must take steps to avoid it.