It is important to pay attention while driving. Everyone is probably aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Everyone is also familiar with all of the usual suspects – texting while driving, talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio, eating or drinking, and everything else that takes your hands off the wheel and attention off the road. Did you know that most people who have been involved in an accident weren’t exhibiting these types of blatant disregard for safety? There are also some sneaky and surprising ways that you could be distracted while driving. Here are 4 hidden distractions that you may not know about:
Loud Music – We all love to listen to our favorite tunes while cruising with the windows open but did you know it can prevent drivers from being able to hear important sounds such as honking of car horns, emergency vehicles, and the screech of tires?
Scenery – When a driver takes their attention of the road and focus on those beautiful views, they can inadvertently swerve into another lane or miss a turn.
Conversation – When a driver finds themselves paying more attention to your passengers than to the cars around them, their risk for a crash increases by a good margin.
Mental Distractions – Did you know if a driver is going through a list of things to do at work, plans for the weekend, or if you took out meat to cook for dinner can take your focus off the road?
All drivers should pay attention while behind the wheel. By making sure drivers are aware of the common distractions above, it will create a safer driving environment for everyone involved.
Interim Director Mike Kelly, of Causeway Police, puts a rose to his face as he names Mandeville Police Capt. Vincent “Vinnie” Liberto Jr., the officer who was fatally shot in September, during the 4th Annual Community Prayer Service for Law Enforcement on Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The inter-faith prayer gathering honored current and fallen law enforcement officers with candles, prayers, flowers and canons of confetti.
We have all heard the saying “patience is a virtue,” and that is never truer than when you are operating a motor vehicle. Being impatient can cause drivers to take unnecessary risks and act aggressively especially during rush hour (hence the term). This can result in serious accidents. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 80 percent of drivers in the United States admit to getting angry and acting out while driving at some point in the past year resulting in speeding, tailgating, improper lane changes, etc. The AAA also states that aggressive driving is a factor in nearly half of all fatal car accidents.
Nothing is worth risking your life or the lives of other motorists. Remember, having a driver’s license is not a right but a privilege, and we all have a duty to keep each other safe on the road. Everyone’s day would be better off if we could all just take a deep breath and relax. A little respect and patience goes a long way.