For many drivers, quickly checking your navigation system or hurriedly sipping from a water bottle might not seem like a big deal. However, both these scenarios are instances of distracted driving and can place you, your passengers, and anyone sharing the road in serious danger.
Understand what distracted driving is.
There are many activities that qualify as distracted driving. Some of these include talking on the phone, texting, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, and reading. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there are three types of distractions.
- Manual distractions occur when you move your hands away from the wheel
- Visual distractions are those when you take your eyes off the road
- Cognitive distractions are when you aren’t mentally focused on the task of driving.
Studies have shown that driving while talking on your cellphone is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving. Texting and driving is twice as dangerous as drunk driving.
Young and inexperienced drivers are most at risk for distracted driving accidents.
Distracted driving is a serious danger for drivers of all ages and skill levels. Remember, distracted driving doesn’t simply impair the driver, it also places passengers and innocent bystanders at risk.
It is up to drivers to make sure they are driving safely. It is the responsibility of passengers to avoid distracting their driver. Help keep the roads safe and don’t forget to contact the insurance professionals at John Scott Insurance for your auto insurance needs.