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4 common distractions to avoid while driving

Because driving becomes an activity that many California residents become used to, it is not unusual for drivers to forget about the serious dangers they could face and that they could pose to others while behind the wheel. This issue could easily result in drivers not having their complete focus on the task of driving. Unfortunately, distractions play a considerable role in car accidents that take place every year.

Though you certainly want to do your best to remain safe on the road, it is very easy to get distracted. Even if you think you have your mind on driving, you may not have realized that you began thinking about other tasks you need to complete for the day. Because this type of situation could quickly happen to you, it could also happen to other drivers, and you could end up in an accident.

Common distractions

Numerous factors could act as serious distractions for drivers. Additionally, it only takes a momentary distraction for a driver to cause an accident. Therefore, you may want to pay attention and avoid common distractions, including:

  • Adjusting vehicle controls: Though most people want to have their favorite music or radio show playing while in the car, attempting to adjust radio dials, volume and other controls can easily prove distracting.
  • Eating or drinking: Because you and many other individuals lead hectic lives, you may find yourself having to eat on the go. However, attempting to eat while driving causes your mind to focus on something other than operating your vehicle, and it also results in at least one hand coming off the wheel.
  • Cellphone use: Using a cellphone while driving offers many distractions. If you try to make a call, send a text, check a message or any other task, you may look away from the road longer than intended.
  • Letting your mind wander: Commonly, people get lost in thought, even when trying to focus on an important task. If your mind begins to wander while driving, you could run red lights or stop signs, fail to notice other drivers or generally overlook other important factors that could lead to a crash.

Unfortunately, these distractions and many others affect drivers all across the country. Even if you correct yourself when you get distracted, others may not do so until it is too late. In such a case, you could end up suffering serious injuries in a car accident. If so, you may wish to consider filing a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault.

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