The first thing you should do when you drive your car is to learn the laws regarding distractions while driving. Of course, that’s a very basic step and many other states have similar laws in place. However, there are a few different types of distracted driving. Here is some information on the three types of distracted driving.
Cell Phone Usage – Even though most people today use their cell phones for personal reasons, most accidents can be attributed to cell phone use. For instance, an accident may have been avoided had the driver been paying attention to what was going on around them. While they were using their cell phone, they were also listening to music or talking on the phone.
Driving While Stoned – While many people may see this as being a joke, it can be a serious situation when you are driving while high on marijuana. Sometimes it’s difficult to avoid these situations, but when you do they can be fatal.
Distracted by the Other Driver – A common scenario is that when you’re in a two-vehicle crash, the other driver might have done something out of the ordinary that the other driver didn’t see. This type of distracted driving happens when you’re driving by someone else’s car and you haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary.
Driving With Someone You Don’t Know – On the road today there are so many people you don’t know that sometimes you can get in a bad situation because you’re in a car with a stranger. Whether it’s to pick someone up, or even just for a late-night ride, sometimes you’ll meet someone that you don’t know and you have to decide if you want to get into a relationship with them. As strange as this sounds, it can happen.
Driving While High on Alcohol – Although this is something of a misconception, the statistics prove that alcohol use during driving has increased substantially over the last twenty years. When you get behind the wheel after drinking, you’re not thinking straight and you end up doing things that you wouldn’t normally do. And we all know that at least one of those things can cause an accident.
Driving When Dehydrated – Another myth is that driving while dehydrated can be dangerous. There is no reason to believe that drinking a lot of water will change the way you drive. But you do need to make sure that you drink enough water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
Doing Both – So far we’ve only mentioned one type of distraction while driving, namely, not paying attention to what is going on around you. While we’ve only talked about one type of distraction, there are three types of distracted driving. Here they are:
Outside Distractions, While Driving – If you live in an area where it rains a lot, you should pay attention to weather reports. If it’s going to rain, be prepared. Otherwise, try to stay awake. Too many people think that you should stay awake to avoid accidents, but that is a bad idea.
Distracted by a Cell Phone – Certain devices make it difficult to be focused on what’s going on around you. It’s important to not use a cell phone when you’re driving.
Text Messaging – Sometimes you will have to text while driving to avoid distractions. However, you should do this only with people that you know well and know you can trust.
The first thing to remember is that it takes more than one form of distraction to cause an accident. Most accidents are due to several different types of distractions, which makes this the most important article on distracted driving.