Distractions are an inevitable part of daily life. Unfortunately, sometimes those distractions spill over and interfere with a driver’s focus. Car accidents caused by distractions are more prevalent than ever.
There are a few common distractions that can lead to car accidents.
Most people carry mobile phones now, and those phones create a variety of distractions. Text message alerts, phone calls and emails all take a driver’s attention away from the road. Those seconds of distraction are enough to lead to an accident.
Newer vehicle models include driver information panels and advanced infotainment systems. These technologies enhance the driving experience, but the interactions take attention away from the road. Glancing at the infotainment system, adjusting navigation information or changing music can all lead to an accident.
Many drivers engage in conversation with passengers in the car, but those conversations can quickly become a distraction. Children and pets can demand attention as well, both of which can increase the risk of an accident.
Food consumption while driving takes attention away from the road. Reaching for a snack or taking a drink takes a hand off the wheel, which reduces control of the car. Drivers who eat or drink behind the wheel increase the risk of accidents with a lack of control and slowed reaction time.
Combatting safety risks behind the wheel can minimize the occurrence of distracted driving accidents. Statistics show that a crash involving a distracted driver occurs approximately every 26 minutes in Tennessee. Be a part of the solution that reduces that statistic by minimizing distractions behind the wheel.