Driving requires paying attention to several things all at the same time. You need to pay attention to the road ahead, the vehicles around you, and the weather conditions while driving a complex machine down the road.
There are plenty of distractions both inside and outside the vehicle. While some of them are manageable, others can lead to dangerous accidents.
Here’s what you should know about the type of accidents that tend to come from distracted driving.
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One of the most common types of accidents because of distracted driving is a rear-end collision. You start out looking ahead, analyzing what is happening before you drop your eyes to pay attention to something inside your vehicle.
In the moments you have your eyes off the road, something can happen several cars in front of you, closing the gap you thought you had between you and the next vehicle. While you may have had plenty of time to react before you looked down, you are out of time by the time you look up and process the changes in front of you.
In addition to aspects of driving that may divide your attention, you may need to adjust the climate controls, listen to your passengers and is your phone ringing?
There will be distractions in and around your vehicle. The essential part of staying safe is managing the necessary distractions (like making sure you can turn on your wipers without looking at your steering column) and avoiding unnecessary distractions (like turning off or putting away your phone).
When you can manage and dismiss the distractions in your vehicle, you can put more of your focus on the road so you can arrive at your destination safely.