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Is multitasking a form of distracted driving?

On Behalf of | May 18, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

On Behalf of | May 18, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Not everyone has the same driving habits, and some drivers might be safer than others. Anyone operating a car, truck, or another vehicle on Oklahoma roads might get away with multitasking, but such behavior comes with tremendous risks. Engaging in any activities that take attention from the road could lead to a distracted driving accident.

Trying to do too much behind the wheel

“Multitasking” could involve numerous activities performed by a driver that might have nothing to do with operating the vehicle. Someone who texts the office while cruising in the right-hand lane takes part in potentially dangerous multitasking since one hand is off the wheel, eyes are not on the road, and perceptions and attention go to the phone. And don’t think “merely” drinking coffee while driving comes with no safety risks.

Adjusting a tie, talking to a passenger, typing GPS directions into a touchscreen could all undermine driving safety. Unfortunately, drivers get into the habit of multitasking while never thinking about the dangers of auto accidents.

Technology could play a negative role in driver safety due to its common distractions. Smartphones and touchscreens come with easy access, along with the potential to significantly boost distractions. Manufacturers continue to increase tech features in a vehicle, which may further compete with the road and other drivers for attention.

Distractions and negligence

Drivers might not accept the dangers of multitasking until they find themselves at fault for a collision. Combing one’s hair won’t likely serve as an acceptable legal defense in a liability suit.

Rather than multitask while behind the wheel, maybe it is best to perform such tasks before leaving. In some cases, pulling off to the side of the road seems wiser than engaging in distracted driving.