While driving on the roads in California, it’s important to maintain eye contact with the roadway and your surroundings as this can decrease the risk of an accident. However, there are a few activities that you could perform while driving that are considered a distraction.
Many people tend to have a mobile device in their vehicle. Using a mobile device while texting or even talking to someone else could result in motor vehicle accidents. When you use a mobile device, at least one hand is typically taken off of the steering wheel, which decreases the control that you have over the vehicle. If possible, try to get to a parking lot or another safe location so that you’re not using your mobile device if you need to talk to someone.
Although it might not seem as though getting a quick bite to eat would be distracting, it often involves taking one or even both hands off the steering wheel. If possible, try to eat inside a restaurant or at home so that you’re focused on the road instead of eating.
Pets and kids
Sometimes, you might need to take your pet to a veterinarian or to a park to play outside. When pets are not secured in your vehicle and left to roam around, they could try to get on top of your lap or perform actions that could take your eyes off the road. Children can also be a distraction if they begin talking loudly or if you have a baby who needs to be fed or who requires other attention while you’re on the road.
Whether it’s in your vehicle or in one that you encounter on the road, distracted driving comes in many forms that could lead to an accident.