Distracted drivers kill or injure many each year on Florida’s highways. It is easy to judge whenever you see another car accident in the news, caused by a distracted driver. Yet, if you are not careful, you may be guilty of it yourself without realizing:
- Eating: Do you sit and finish breakfast in your home before getting in the car, or do you take it on the move? If you are sipping from a hot cup of coffee or opening a cereal bar one-handed while driving, you are a distracted driver.
- Changing the music: Do you jump into the car, pull off, then think about putting on some music or a news channel? Doing so while going along, means you are not entirely concentrating on the traffic around you.
- Talking: Driving and talking require you to concentrate on two separate things at once. While you do not need to drive in silence, be aware of the effect it has. Talking is especially distracting when you are arguing, or when you are turning around to talk.
- Falling asleep: Tired driving is dangerous. Even if you are not at the point where you nod off for a few seconds behind the wheel, you are not fully alert.
- Using your phone: Using your phone, even with a hands-free set, requires a lot of attention.
It requires effort and will power to keep all your attention on the road. Yet, if everyone did so, there would be less chance of a driver causing you a car crash.