In life, there are plenty of distractions. When you’re behind the wheel this summer, you are, in essence, driving a weapon. While it may be of mode of transportation, if you are distracted and not paying attention to the road in front of you, you are putting yourself and others at risk.
A lot of attention is placed on cell phones and texting these days with regard to distracted driving, but there are actually many things that distract drivers on a regular basis.
1. Texting. As mentioned, texting is a major problem in modern driving. If you take your eyes from the road for just two seconds while traveling at 100 km/hour, you will have traveled over 160 feet. That’s half the length of the soccer field or football field. A lot can happen in that amount of time.
2. Talking on a cell phone. Even though most people have a tendency to believe they can multitask, when you’re driving and talking on a cell phone, you’re not paying attention to the road in front of you. Your visual acuity is focused there, but you’re not focused on things happening in your peripheral vision. A dog could be running out toward the road, a child could be chasing a ball, or car could be moving through a stop sign and you wouldn’t even know it until you hit them.
3. Checking for radio stations. If you have a tendency to change the radio station or try to change songs on your iPod, you are driving distractedly. Wait until you are a stop light or stop sign to safely change those channels.
4. Reading the newspaper. Yes, believe it or not there are many people who try to read the newspaper or something else while driving. They’re trying to be efficient at their job and get more done during the day, but they’re putting themselves and others at risk.
5. Eating. If you have a tendency to get fast food and then eat while you’re driving, you’re actually driving distracted. Just looking down for two seconds and you will have traveled more than 160 feet.
This year, while driving your BMW and enjoying the summer weather, pay attention to the road and let those common distractions fall away. You’ll be safer and everyone on the road will be, too.