The Consequences of Distracted Driving

The Consequences of Distracted Driving

Driving is a responsibility—one that requires full concentration. Getting distracted at any point in time can result in dangerous consequences—dangerous for you, for everybody else that’s driving around you, and for the passengers in your vehicle.

As is the case with every responsibility, the repercussions for your actions fall on your shoulders. Distracted, reckless driving bears weighty consequences.

What constitutes distracted driving?

Anything that detracts from your undivided attention to the task at hand constitutes distracted driving—and this could originate from a person, sound, thought, replying to a text, or being under a mind-altering influence. Yes, these are all distractions.

And they’re not farfetched, either. As a busy culture, we always have something on our minds or an email that needs to be sent—but at what cost?

Distractions cause hundreds of thousands of car accidents every year—and it’s not the fault of the cars. Distracted driving makes our roads hazardous and results in life-threatening consequences.

Ask yourself if you’ve done any of the following:

  1. Take your hands off the wheel.
  2. Take your eyes off the road.
  3. Reach down to pick up something off the floor (water bottle, cell phone, etc.).

Take the last scenario, for example. You reach down to grab something, causing you to take your eyes off the road for a few seconds. In that time, the car in front of you brakes suddenly because of a squirrel in the road, and you rear-end it, putting you at fault and in danger.

Situations like these happen all too often and are a great case for public transportation. With the ever-growing responsibility and stress of daily life, committing to safe driving isn’t something many of us are able to do.

However, if you feel like driving yourself, take a look at these tips to avoid distractions:

  1. Make sure everything in your car is in a safe place—seatbelt buckled, bags stored properly, and nothing loose on your dashboard.
  2. Save getting ready for your destination. Shaving, applying makeup, or changing clothes while driving is a sure way to get distracted and cause a problem.
  3. Consider your phone off-limits while behind the wheel. Your text message can wait. Set your GPS to stream through Bluetooth before leaving your starting point. Choose your Spotify radio station in advance. There’s no excuse that warrants phone usage while driving.
  4. Drive defensively. While you might be a safe, law-abiding driver, it’s unrealistic to expect the same of every other driver on the road. Look out for red flags and dangerous driving happening around you to avoid running into problems.

It’s safe to say that distraction can come in any form—and trying to avoid it is a full-time job. For those of us who don’t have the time, there’s Global Sedan.

Global Sedan takes the stress of driving on its shoulders and allows you the freedom to text, check your email, or daydream in peace with the assurance that our highly-professional driving team will drive safely on your behalf.

Global Sedan is your source for safe and stress-free transportation.

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