If you think you never get distracted while driving, think hard about the last time you drove. The best drivers with a great driving record can lose focus while driving because of passengers in the car, something happening outside the car, or because of a phone call or message.
Distracted driving is a serious problem with dangerous results. There are some shocking examples of how distracted driving can cause you to have an accident and send your car to a San Antonio body shop.
Wide Range of Distractions
Factors that interrupt driving typically cause one of three types of distraction – visual, manual, or cognitive. This means the distraction either causes the driver to take eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind from operating the vehicle.
Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions because it simultaneously involves visual and cognitive distractions. Other activities that can impair driving abilities and reduce focus on the road include looking at directions, selecting music, eating, and talking to others in the car.
More than half of drivers recently surveyed (66 percent) reported seeing a driver applying makeup, 52 percent reported seeing a driver reading, and 23 percent reported seeing someone take a selfie while driving. The survey also revealed that some drivers are putting in contact lenses, flossing their teeth, daydreaming, and changing into a costume while driving.
Quantifying the Danger
In a split second of distraction, drivers can create unsafe conditions on the road for themselves and others. These situations result in injuries every year and damaged vehicles requiring body shop repair.
Fighting the Distractions
To reduce your chances of becoming distracted while operating a vehicle, there are plenty of steps to take, including simply being prepared. Make all adjustments to your seat, mirrors, music, and GPS before you take off. If you can’t resist the ring of your phone, turn it on silent, and store it out of reach in the glove box. If you do need to make a call, adjust your seat, send an email, or eat a snack, find a spot that is safe and pull over.
Reducing distracted driving starts with individual drivers choosing to limit distractions and staying focused on the road. As more drivers avoid distraction, the roads will become safer for everyone.
If you become a victim of a distracted driving accident, contact the highly trained experts at ProCare Automotive & Collision for your body shop San Antonio needs. A personal service consultant will work with you through every step of the auto body repair process.