On a typical day, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes. Electronic devices, chatty passengers, eating food, and distractions outside the vehicle tend to be the biggest ways that a driver’s attention is diverted from what really matters … the road in front of them. How can you avoid distractions both inside and outside your vehicle in order to maintain safety? Read on to find out more about preventing distracted driving moments.
Distracted driving may be one of the most easily preventable accident situations on the road. While it is absolutely true that injuries and fatalities are increasing each year due to distracted driving, it is just as accurate to say that individual drivers can do the most to play their part in decreasing these sad statistics.
In order to prevent accidents caused by distracted driving, it is important to monitor your driving habits and the environment in your vehicle. The National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are many distractions going on inside a car. Here are the top ten:
Now that you understand the large amount of items and people that can take your mind off the road (even for a few seconds), you can better prepare before heading out. Here is a quick checklist of things you can do before you start driving to maintain strict attention to the road and the cars around you.
The most important thing when operating a commercial vehicle is to allow for your full attention to be on the road and the other cars around you. Being aware of conditions of the surface, weather-related events, and other drivers on the road is critical to getting to your destination safely.