With all the electronic temptations beeping and blinking to get our attention, it’s no wonder that accidents caused by distracted driving have been on the rise.
Luckily, you can reverse this trend by understanding the causes of distracted driving-related accidents and taking a few simple steps to help keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
There are three types of distracted driving, according to The U.S. Department of Transportation:
Distractions caused by passengers in the car, changing the radio station, eating, drinking, and texting can easily fall into all three of these categories. Distraction.gov reports that texting, for instance, takes the driver’s eyes off the for an average of almost five seconds — and redirects the driver’s focus and fingers as they type out their thoughts. And at 55 MPH, that’s equivalent to driving blind across an entire football field.
Although younger drivers are among the most likely to text and talk while driving, anyone can lose focus behind the wheel. To stay alert and attentive while you’re driving, follow these simple safe-driving tips: