You were likely hyper-vigilant because it was all so new. You didn’t want to make mistakes. It’s also likely that somewhere along the line, you stopped paying as much attention. Driving became routine.
But experience and the passage of time don’t make driving any less risky. That’s why it’s so dangerous to let distractions chip away at your driving time.
Texting takes center stage as one of the riskiest driving distractions. And with good reason – statistics show if you text while you drive, your eyes are off the road an average of five seconds.
A lot can happen in five seconds, especially when you operate a 4,000 lb. machine at high speeds.
But there are other distractions that put you and yours at risk. These include:
• If you talk on the phone, hands-free or not
• Converse with your passengers
• Eat or drink
• Adjust the car radio or other controls
People deal with distractions differently, so it’s important to know your own limits.
While some people can reach over to grab a sip of coffee without missing a beat, others might be better off to save the coffee for when the ride is over.
The safest bet is to pull the car over when a distraction hits:
• If your mobile phone rings and you want to answer it
• If your passenger wants a serious conversation that requires your attention
• If you want to eat the sandwich you packed for lunch now
It’s far safer to delay your arrival a moment or two than to drive while distracted.
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