Texting remains a major source of distracted driving these days. But it’s not the only source. While it’s important not to text and drive, it’s also useful to remind yourself that there are other behaviors that take your eyes, hands and mind away from the task of driving (and that could potentially lead to a serious auto accident):
- Brushing your hair, brushing your teeth or other personal grooming behind the wheel
- Applying your mascara, lipstick or other cosmetics as you drive
- Reading a map or other physical text while driving
- Viewing, adjusting or otherwise being overly preoccupied with the GPS device or in-dash infotainment system
- Eating while driving, which may involve reaching for food packages and applying condiments
- Getting involved in a heated or emotional conversation with passengers
- Talking on a cell phone, even with a hands-free device
Although you may feel like you can do these things while you drive, they will in fact divert your attention away from driving. To prevent accidents, pledge to eliminate such distractions when you are behind the wheel.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Vancouver or anywhere in British Columbia, please call Stephens & Holman, at 604-730-4120, for a free consultation.