Many people spend a lot of hours in their cars. This time is spent going back and forth from their workplaces, their schools or their homes. Many people also use their cars for a variety of different purposes. Some people use it as a dresser while others use it as a breakfast table or a lunch room. Some people also use it as a place to hang out while others use it as a place to get away from the world. The car has become much more than a simple vehicle. Sadly though, thousands of people each year die of tragic car accidents around the world. Many of these accidents were the result of simple driving distractions that take away a driver’s focus on the actual process of driving. A lot of these deaths could have been prevented easily and yet more people get hurt on the roads and highways every day.
Here are some of the most common distractions while driving that most drivers suffer from while driving.
Answering Cell Phone Calls
This is one of the most common distractions while driving. Many people do it despite it being very dangerous. Even headsets do not help much since it is the conversation that takes away a driver’s focus on the road ahead.
Many people also try doing other things while driving like putting up make up or eating a burger. This can also be a potential cause for car accidents.
Texting While Driving
This is also a very common occurrence. Texting while driving takes away the use of one hand and requires you to occasionally glance at your cell phone. This can lead to disastrous results.
Some people like turning up their car stereos really loud when they like the music. Unfortunately this can also drown out important sounds from outside the car such as car horns and the engine sounds of other cars. These are important cues that help a driver become aware of his surroundings.
People who are travelling in unfamiliar roads often bring maps with them for reference. Unfortunately, maps also take the driver’s concentration from what he is doing. In the few seconds it takes to glance at a map, an accident can easily take place.
Negative Emotional States
Many people drive while undergoing extreme emotional stress. Negative emotions, especially anger can lead people to lose focus while driving. In some cases, it may even aggravate their driving styles. Many people drive more aggressively when they are angry. This is one of the most dangerous examples of distractions while driving.