Distracted Driving: It Can Wait!Samantha Skinner
Distracted driving happens everywhere. It happens in areas where you might have thought driving was safe. It happens when you pick up the phone or turn the channel on the radio while on the road. This is all distracting to the driver.
When your attention is not on the road, when it is on something else, this is distracted driving.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is when the person driving is doing something other than driving while also driving. This could be anything from putting on your makeup to eating something. Those who text or talk while driving on their phones are distracted while driving.
If you are not paying attention to the road continuously and only to the road, then you’re distracted. Even changing the radio station is being distracted while driving. You want to make sure that your hands stay on the wheel while driving and your eyes on the road. Putting either anywhere other than the road and wheel is distracting. Even for just a minute.
Distracted Driving is Common
Distracted Driving is more prevalent than you think. It is estimated that nine percent of drivers involved in crashes between the ages of 15 and 20 were distracted at the time. It is also estimated that six percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted.
This has taken the lives of so many in such a short period of time. With an estimated 3,000 deaths per year due to distracted driving; it is an unnecessary expense.
This is why when it comes to driving while distracted, just don’t do it. You can cost another person, or yourself, their life. Don’t be that person.
Those who have thought about distracted driving are those who generally do not do it. They know that this can be dangerous. Those who don’t think twice about taking their phones out and texting, or flipping through music are generally those who end up hurt or hurting others.
Take your time, slow down, pay attention, and always make sure to remove any and all distractions while driving.