When you are behind the steering wheel of an automobile, at times it can be easy to lose yourself in your thoughts or be distracted by your surroundings. Whether it is changing the radio station or swatting a bee out the window, becoming distracted can happen to the most vigilant drivers.
According to SafeStart.com here are a few of the top reasons people get distracted while driving and can potentially cause an accident.
1. Passengers can often be the cause of distracted driving. Other people and pets in the car can place demands on your attention when driving, which can result in a collision or lack of focus. Driving is primarily a thinking task. A driver must take into consideration road conditions, speed, traffic signs, signals, road markings, and directions all while staying alert and paying attention on the cars around them.
2. Cell phone use. The second-leading cause of death in a vehicle is directly related to the cell phone. Using a cell phone while driving can be a distraction in a number of ways. Whether hearing it beep or vibrate, reaching for the cell phone or attempting to respond to a text can cause your eyes and attention to drift off of the road. Most cell phones are equipped with a “driving” feature that can silence the device when a car is in motion.
3. Generally being distracted or “lost in thought” has been reported among the highest cause of automobile accidents. A way to stay focused on the roads is the follow the 3-to 4-second rule. By establishing a buffer zone around you, you can maintain a safe distance from the cars driving around you. In bad weather, increase your following distance an additional second for each condition such as rain, fog, nighttime driving, or following a large truck or motorcycle.
4. Nodding off. According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 60% of Americans have admitted to driving while drowsy, and 37% have dozed off behind the wheel. If you feel sleepy, pull over. Some tips to help you wake yourself up is to take a brisk walk, switch drivers, or find a safe place to nap before you resume driving.
While you are alert and attentive to the roads, other drivers may be preoccupied and be driving dangerously. When it comes to auto insurance, don’t take a chance on your coverage, service and savings. With more than 50 years’ experience in insuring cars, trucks, RVs, classic cars and boats, Ross Insurance Agency is committed to getting our clients the best automobile insurance coverage for their situation at a reasonable price.