Motorists throughout Denver, Greenwood Village and Steamboat Springs need to commit to staying focused on the road. More than half of all young drivers have admitted to sending or receiving texts while driving. A personal injury lawyer knows that drivers also do many other dangerous behaviors while behind the wheel. The risk of a traffic accident significantly increases any time you are focused on something besides your driving. You can help to save lives by simply not engaging in distracting driving.
Types of Dangerous Distractions Behind the Wheel
Cell phones are one of the most obviously dangerous distractions behind the wheel. Texting increases the chance of a motor vehicle accident by 23 times. Despite this, 51 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who responded to a recent survey said that they text and drive. In contrast, only seven percent of senior drivers 65 and older text. Seniors are often viewed as being dangerous drivers because of their age, but they tend to be more focused on the road than their younger cohorts and they also tend to be more likely to travel the speed limit.
In addition to texting, drivers also do many other things instead of staying focused on their driving the way they should. Erie Insurance conducted an online survey of almost 2,000 motorists over the age of 18. The Chicago Tribune reported on the troubling results. The survey showed that 15 percent of drivers do their hair behind the wheel and the same number of motorists have engaged in romantic encounters while they are driving.
Of the motorists responding to the study, nine percent changed clothing and eight percent applied makeup. Four percent brushed their teeth or flossed their teeth. Four percent also took selfies, or self-portraits using a cell phone, as they were driving. Three percent of the responding motorists said they had changed who was driving the vehicle while the car was operating rather than pulling over. The same number of drivers said that they had gone to the bathroom while driving.
All of these behaviors are cognitive distractions that take your brain’s attention away from the road. This can lead to inattention blindness where you don’t see what is right in front of you even when you are actually looking ahead. Many of the distractions also cause you to actually look away from the road for extended periods of time and to remove your hands from the steering wheel.
More than 420,000 people get hurt every single year in the United States because people drive while they are distracted. Another 3,300 people are killed due to crashes with distracted drivers. You do not want to contribute to this problem and become responsible for causing injury or fatalities to yourself or to anyone else on the road. Every driver should stay completely focused on his or her driving while behind the wheel and should save all of these other tasks for a time after the car has stopped.
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