Like anything we do on a repetitive basis, driving can start to feel automatic. However, it is certainly not and our minds are required to be heavily focused to drive safely.
Distractions pose a real threat to road users and pedestrians. When we say “distractions”, what is it that we mean? Outlined below are some of the more notable ways that a driver’s concentration can be taken off of the road.
Lost in thought
The most common way for a driver to become distracted might be surprising. Have you ever had something annoy you to the point that you can think of little else? Most of us have and it is not easy to shake. Thoughts do not simply disappear when you step into your vehicle, they linger and cause you to lose focus. Distracted driving accidents centered around being lost in thought account for the largest portion of these types of collisions.
Use of electronics
Cars and cell phones are a huge part of our lives. The trouble is, they do not necessarily mix. If your phone rings, it causes you to take your eyes off of the road. If you have a sudden urge to text a friend or call your partner, your focus is no longer on the road. The potential driving distractions from electronic devices are endless.
It can be nice to have company during a journey, but your company can cross the line and become a distraction. If you have a passenger who chats a lot, children who bicker or even a pet who expects your undivided attention, then you can become distracted. Passengers ought to be aware that you need to concentrate, and they shouldn’t behave in a manner that impacts this. If you are traveling with your pet companion, make sure that they are fully secure in the vehicle.
Distracted driving is a serious risk that could potentially place you in danger. If you have been injured in a road traffic collision caused by a driver who was distracted, you should look into your legal rights for fair compensation.