Distracted driving is one of the leading reasons for car crashes. In order to stay as safe as possible behind the wheel, you need to stay alert. Here are some of the most surprising causes of distracted driving:
Driving while angry or sad actually distracts you from the road. If you’re distracted by your emotions, your risk of getting into an accident increases by nearly tenfold.
Listening to your favorite song while driving may be fun, but it can also be distracting. If you listen to enjoyable music too loudly, you may make more errors and miscalculations behind the wheel. To stay safe, try listening to music at a lower volume or listening to softer songs like light jazz or easy listening music.
Driving with your pets is usually necessary, but it can lead to unsafe conditions. It’s important to restrain your dog in your car to avoid dangerous driving conditions. Don’t let your dog sit in your lap when driving to reduce your risk of a crash.
Even though hands-free technology is a safer alternative to using your smartphone behind the wheel, it is still distracting. According to a study, once you’ve finished making voice commands, you remain distracted for up to 27 seconds.
Eating while driving may help you save time in the morning, but it can also distract you as you drive. Spilling your food or driving with slippery hands can prevent you from driving safely. It’s best to eat your food before you leave or when you arrive at your destination.
Avoid driving under these conditions whenever possible to be as alert as possible behind the wheel. Now that you know how to avoid distracted driving situations, you’re ready to shop with Scotti’s Auto Sales for a new-to-you vehicle. Find us at 2811 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.