Your sole job is to drive when you’re behind the wheel.
Do multi-tasking and driving go together?
You should not drive distracted. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and can lead to accidents, injuries, and even fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the United States, distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. It’s crucial to stay focused on the road while driving and avoid any distractions that could compromise your safety and that of others on the road. If you need to attend to something important while driving, it’s best to pull over in a safe location before doing so.
Passengers Can Be Distracting
It’s true that many people may get distracted while driving at some point, but it’s important to remember that distracted driving can be extremely dangerous and lead to accidents. Even a momentary distraction can have serious consequences. Any activity that diverts your attention away from driving can be considered a distraction, including using a mobile phone, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio or navigation system, or engaging in conversations with passengers.
To avoid distractions, it’s best to focus solely on driving while behind the wheel and to minimize any potential distractions as much as possible.
If you find yourself becoming distracted while driving, it’s important to recognize the distraction and take steps to refocus your attention on the road. For example, if you receive a text message or phone call while driving, wait until you can pull over to a safe location before checking or answering it. Remember, safety should always be the top priority while driving.
Using Your Cell Phone
It’s a good idea to put your cell phone in the glove box or another out-of-reach location when you drive. This can help minimize distractions while you are driving and reduce the risk of accidents.
Using a mobile phone while driving can be a major distraction and is a leading cause of accidents on the road. Even hands-free phone calls can be distracting and take your focus away from the road ahead. By keeping your phone out of reach, you can reduce the temptation to use it while driving and help ensure that your attention remains on the road.
It’s important to note that laws regarding cell phone use while driving may vary depending on your location. In some places, it may be illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, even if it is in hands-free mode. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws in your area and follow them to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.
If you find yourself in a situation because of distracted driving, call us at 847-851-4400 and we’ll be there. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and ending distracted driving is everyone’s responsibility.