Cellphones are often the focus when discussing distracted driving, and with good reason. They can perform so many different tasks that it is easy for people to get distracted while listening to music, taking pictures, reading text messages or doing something else.
But it’s not just phones that cause distraction and car accidents. It’s very important to note that almost anything that happens in the vehicle is a potential distraction. Below are a few examples.
You need to adjust the controls
It’s always best to adjust the rearview mirror and the side mirrors before you leave the house. If you have to do this, or adjust the seat, the steering wheel angle or some other control system, it can be a major distraction while you’re also trying to drive.
You have children
Every parent knows how distracting children can be in the car. Even when they are getting along, siblings may be rowdy and loud, or they may be very demanding as they ask their parents for toys, snacks and other types of entertainment. In fact, studies have found a correlation between fatal accident odds and driving with children, as opposed to driving with adult passengers or all alone.
You’re reading the GPS
It is certainly better to look at a GPS screen built into the dash than it is to hold a paper map or your mobile drive. But there are also cases where drivers are studying the GPS to see where to turn and they fail to look at traffic around them. This can lead to a car accident because the GPS system doesn’t record precise traffic locations. Drivers always need to keep their eyes on the road.
You’re drinking coffee
Eating and drinking in the car is a major source of distraction. It’s impossible to do without letting go of the wheel and occasionally looking away from the road. One of the biggest issues is just that morning commuters often drink coffee while they drive. It’s not illegal, but it does cause accidents.
Have you been injured already?
Avoiding distractions can help you stay safe when you drive, but you could be injured by another driver. If you are, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation. This can help to cover medical bills and more after severe injuries like spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries.