Distracted driving is a growing issue in Oklahoma. In fact, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that distracted driving is a major factor in deadly auto accidents. One in ten deaths on roadways is from distracted driving.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is driving while not completely paying attention to the road. This covers many activities, but cell phone usage is one of the most common. Besides cell phone use, other top distracted driving activities that contribute to deadly auto accidents include:
- Looking at something or someone outside of your automobile
- Reaching or looking for something on the floor, seat or dashboard
- Eating and drinking
- Changing radio stations or adjusting the temperature
- Other passengers’ activities
- Objects including family pets and insects moving about inside the vehicle
Avoiding distracted driving
The driver of any vehicle has the ability to avoid these common distracted driving activities, and thus auto accidents. First, do not use cell phones while driving. It is illegal in most states, anyway. If you must make a call either pull over or use a hands-free system.
Stay focused on the road instead of your surroundings. If you want to get a closer look at something, pull your vehicle over. You should also pull over if you have dropped something on the floor or need to find something in your vehicle. Make sure pets are only transported in pet carriers to keep them from wandering around the vehicle.
If you find yourself becoming drowsy or spacing out, take a break to get something to eat or drink. You should adjust all settings like mirrors, seat, steering wheel, and navigation systems before departing in your vehicle. Taking part in these precautions every time you drive will reduce your chances of fatal auto accidents.