It’s a given that most major accidents are a result of drivers being distracted, and these distractions continue to increase as new gadgets are developed and made available to consumers. In addition to distractions, increased speed also causes accidents.
The top lists of distractions include:
- Cell phones (texting, answering or placing calls)
- Battery operated razors
- GPS systems
- Ear buds used to listen to music or audio tapes while driving
While these new gadgets are meant to improve our quality of life, they are often the very reason people lose their lives. Simply taking your eyes off the road for a second can cause you enough distraction to veer to the side of the road and lose control of your vehicle, or cause you to hit a pedestrian, run a stop sign, or hit another vehicle.
Other distractions involve talking with a passenger and looking at them, taking your eyes off of the roadway in front of you.
Teaching new drivers to slow down and focus on the road can save not only their lives, but also the lives of thousands of other lives every year. Adults need to take the lead in demonstrating the importance of focusing on the roadway in order to save lives and avoid accidents.
Teenage drivers, and especially teenage male drivers, are the most likely to be injured or killed when they fail to slow down and focus on the road.