It may seem like common sense when someone lists what not to do while driving. Still, thousands and thousands of people die due to pure negligence. The best way to address the issue is to continue to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Here is a brief list of things that can wait until you aren’t behind the wheel.
Don’t Text and Drive
This is a relatively new phenomenon, but is a perfect example of what not to do while driving. Texting while driving is a new killer distraction on our roads. According to the National Safety Council, a staggering 1.6 million car accidents are caused by texting while driving causing 330,000 injuries per year. Texting is just as distracting and disorienting as having four beers. So if you wouldn’t drink and drive, you shouldn’t text or drive either
Don’t Play Overly Loud Music
While it may seem cool to play music loudly while driving, it can be dangerous. You are unable to hear important sounds around you while are driving. Emergency vehicles have loud sirens that are meant to get your attention. If you are unable to hear the emergency vehicle, you may not be able to properly yield. You may also not be able to hear someone honking, warning you that you are too close, or about to hit him or her. The same tips apply for placing headphones on while driving.
A common situation occurs when something falls while you are driving, and you reach to go pick it up. Your eyes may only leave the road for a second, but your car has already traveled several hundred feet. Everything can wait until you come to a complete stop before being picked up.