Distracted Driving – How to Prevent it

Rudy Schmid
May 1, 2023

Unfortunately, distracted driving is a reality. Each year, there are close to 3,000 people lose their lives to car accidents resulting from distracted drivers. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road and their task of driving, which increases the risk of a crash. 

Types of Distracted Driving

Distracting driving includes texting or using a phone, eating or drinking, talking with fellow passengers, adjusting the radio or GPS, and even daydreaming. Any activity that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, or your mind off driving can be dangerous and increase the likelihood of a crash. It’s important to stay focused on the road and avoid any distractions while driving.

Who is more likely to get distracted while driving?

Research has shown that certain age groups and types of drivers are more prone to distracted driving. Here are some examples:

  1. Young drivers: Drivers under 25 are more likely to engage in distracted driving than older drivers. This is partly due to inexperience and a higher likelihood of using smartphones and other devices while driving.
  2. Commercial drivers: Commercial drivers, such as truck or bus drivers, are often required to use electronic devices, increasing their risk of distracted driving.
  3. People who frequently use their phones while driving: Drivers who frequently use their phones while driving, such as those who use their phones for work or personal reasons, are at a higher risk of distracted driving.

It’s important to remember that distracted driving is a dangerous behavior that can affect anyone. This not only affects the distracted driver but also everyone else that is on the road near them. Everyone should be aware of the risks of distracted driving and take steps to prevent it.


What Helps Prevent Distracted Driving?

To help prevent distracted driving, try these tips:

  1. Put your phone away: Turn off your phone or put it on silent mode and keep it out of reach while driving. If you need to use it for navigation, use a phone holder or mount.
  2. Plan ahead: Plan your route and any stops you need to make before you start driving so you don’t have to make any last-minute decisions or look up directions while driving.
  3. Avoid eating or drinking while driving: Finish eating or drinking before you start driving or make a stop to eat or drink.
  4. Secure loose objects: Ensure all loose objects in your car, such as pets and items on the dashboard or seats, are secure so they don’t become a distraction while driving.
  5. Limit distractions from passengers: Set clear expectations with your passengers about safe driving practices and avoid engaging in conversations that take your focus away from driving.
  6. Take breaks: Take regular breaks to stretch your legs, rest, and refocus.

Remember, distracted driving is a serious issue that can lead to accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. Always stay alert and focused on the road while driving.