3 Types of Distracted Driving Behaviors and How to Avoid Them

Distracted driving is a major concern for all motorists. Recent statistics show that 390,000 injuries result from distractions behind the wheel on a yearly basis, with one in four car accidents being blamed on texting while driving.

It’s the responsibility of all drivers to conduct themselves safely behind the wheel. And it’s easy to fall into distracted behaviors, especially when everyone else is doing the same. Here are a few steps you can take to avoid driving distractions to keep yourself and other safe.

1. Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is so dangerous because it occupies your hands, eyes, and mind, all of which should be focused on driving. Even briefly reading a text or typing a response can cause a serious crash. When in your vehicle, your mobile device must be tucked away and inaccessible. It also helps to put the device on silent, so you won’t be distracted. Many modern devices even allow you to develop a message that is automatically sent to others to inform them you’re on the road and you’ll respond once you get to your destination.

2. Talking with Passengers

Talking with others in the vehicle is a type of cognitive, or mental, distraction. While not as serious as texting while driving, conversing with others can cause your mind to wander and prevent you from paying attention to what’s in front of you. When driving with others, let them know your conversational skills will be limited behind the wheel. You can also enlist their help with the radio station or adjusting the GPS, both of which can be highly distracting.

3. Eating Behind the Wheel

Eating behind the wheel seems like a pretty harmless habit, but it can be deadly depending on the circumstances. When your hands are occupied with food and drink, you have much less control over the vehicle. This is especially true if you encounter a sudden road hazard that requires an immediate response. Always make time for meals before getting in your vehicle. If you must eat on the go, park your vehicle, and finish the meal before driving.

While you can alter your behaviors, you don’t have much influence on other drivers. That’s why Hinkle Law Offices is so diligent when representing distracted driving victims. Our injury attorneys have seen the damage negligent drivers can do first-hand. Fortunately, we have the knowledge and experience to guide your case and help you pursue justice.

Feel free to contact us for more information, as we’re always happy to answer your questions. You can also schedule a consultation in Albuquerque by calling (505) TUF-HELP.