Summer is a great time to go out and take a spin in your car. Unfortunately, many people fall victim to common summer distractions that put their life and the lives of others at risk. The first step in avoiding these distractions is identifying them and putting together an action plan so you are not at risk. Below is a list of the top summer driving distractions that most people face on a daily basis. If you have been in a car accident, contact an experienced attorney right away.
The most common driving distraction is your cell phone. One of the most dangerous and risky behaviors is texting while driving. Cell phone distraction causes countless car accident injuries and deaths each year. If you must use your cell phone while you are driving, invest in a hands-free device. Otherwise, put your phone out of reach so you will not be tempted. When you are behind the wheel, you have other people’s lives in your hands.
Nothing says “summer” more than blasting some great music out your open windows. Be wary in changing your song while driving. When you take your eyes off the road, you are asking for disaster. Leave the radio alone until you have come to a complete stop.
Everyone knows someone who is incredibly disruptive while driving. They may be loud, reach in front of your line of vision, or ask you to take your eyes off of the road. If possible, ban these passengers from your car. If that is not an option, sit down and explain how their unruly behavior can cause an unsafe situation in the vehicle. Request that they stop their distracting behavior so that you can get them to their destination safely.