When you’re behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, as fun as it may seem, you’re taking on a lot of responsibilities. Your well-being, the well-being of your passengers, the well-being of other drivers and pedestrians – all of them are on the line when you’re driving a car. As drivers gain experience, the muscle memory does a lot of the driving and we tend to get distracted.
Here are some things to watch out for when you’re driving: Text messaging has been linked to a large number of fatal car crashes. It makes sense – in order to send a text message, both your eyes and your hands must be occupied with the device.Not only is there a mental leap associated with using a phone that distracts from driving, but also there is the technical difficulty of pushing buttons on the phone.
This is by far the most dangerous of the distractions on the road – and completely preventable. If you have to answer a text message, wait until you are safely parked and then respond. How urgent can it really be? Is it really more urgent than a trip to the emergency room (or worse)? Didn’t think so :)
- Adam Kutner