Every year there are thousands of people killed in road accidents in the United Kingdom alone.
Across the world, there are millions of people killed in traffic accidents year after year. Most of the accidents are caused by distractions to the driver.
Here are 12 driving distractions that cause fatal road accidents.
1. Mobile Phone
Mobile phones are a great asset to everyone today such that I can’t begin to imagine a world without them.
Mobile phones help people to stay connected with their loved ones and friends.
However, with our increased usage of mobile phones, we have also seen an increase in road accidents caused by drivers using the phone whilst driving.
When you are driving avoid using your mobile phone it’s better to stop in a safe place and use your phone.
If you find this difficult it’s better to put your phone where you can’t reach it like the back seat so that you don’t use it whilst driving.
Another solution is to put your phone on silent and remove vibration sound this will stop you from answering any phone calls.
2. Car Satelite Navigation System
Satelite navigation systems are a great tool for all drivers if they are using them the correct way.
They instruct and direct you and they are so accurate that you can never get lost.
Gone are the days when drivers used to carry a roadmap and had to memorise the route before travelling.
Although satellite navigation systems are great for giving direction to the driver they can also be a distraction to a driver who is setting a journey on the sat-nav the system whilst driving.
It’s always a good idea to set your journey on the sat-nav system well before you start driving.
3. Radio Adjustment.
Driving a long journey can be boring if don’t have any kind of entertainment.
Having a radio play in the car can provide the much need entertainment for any driver but a radio can also distract a driver.
Puting on loud music can distract the driver from any noises that may come from outside of the car.
Fiddling with any radio controls whilst driving will reduce driver ‘s attention of the road ahead.
4. Eating And Drinking
Eating and drinking whilst driving is another distraction that most drivers ignore.
It better to stop at a safe place then eat and drink your food then continue your journey.
When you are eating whilst driving you have less control with the wheel as your hands will be occupied with food or drink.
When driving a car with any kind of a pet make sure your pet is secured and it’s not moving around the car.
If you are travelling with small pets that are not big enough to be secured with a seat belt harness you can put them in a pet carrier and fasten them to a seat belt.
Whether you are carrying children or adults as passengers in your car both can be a distraction for you whilst you are driving.
Adults passengers can be a problem if they start to argue with you whilst you are driving this might cause you to lose your focus on the wheel.
When you are carrying children make sure they are happy and you have enough entertainment for them.
Hungry and bored children in a car will definitely distract the driver by crying, making loud noises, asking questions none stop.
Anything that makes you take your eyes off the road whilst driving will distract you from driving well.
This could be taking a glance at a newspaper’ headline to reading signs for a road diversion.
When diving it’s important to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
8. Make Up
Make-up is great for making yourself look more beautiful but there is a place to put your make-up just not in your car whilst you are driving.
Putting makeup whilst driving will make you use both your eyes and your hands which in-turn will make you lose focus on your driving.
Using headphones whilst driving can stop you from hearing outside noise such emergency car sirens or any other noises coming from outside or inside your car.
Avoid wearing headphones whilst you are driving.
10. Combing And Styling Hair
Your car is not a dressing room make sure you don’t comb or style your hair whilst driving, do this before you start to drive.
Smoking does not only damage your health but whilst driving smoking can be a distraction to the driver.
Avoid smoking whilst you are driving.
12. Distractions From Outside.
As a driver, there are so many distractions that can come from outside your car that you have less control on.
Your reactions to these distractions will determine your safety on the road.
Such distractions could be loud noises, pedestrians, road accidents, drivers who are tailgating you, drivers who drive like lunatics as if they have a death wish.
Try not to react negatively to outside distractions whilst driving your car.
Accidents happen but it’s your responsibility to drive safely on the road and avoid any distractions that may hinder you from diving in a safest possible way.
Over to you…
Have you ever been in a car accident?
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