Other Ways to Drive Distracted, Part 1

by Joe Ferguson on May 21, 2013

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We’re all familiar with the distracted driving epidemic sweeping the entire country. The first dangerous activity that comes to mind when thinking about dangerous driving practices is texting and driving, but we’ve thought of some more driving don’ts that could be just as troubling. This is part 1 in a series about dangerous driving practices beyond cell phone use.

Responsible drivers don’t take part in potentially dangerous activities while on the road. We’re more focused on finding a reasonably cheap oil change than screaming off-key to our favorite songs while zooming down the interstate. Am I right, fellow safe drivers? Okay, full disclosure: I’ve probably taken part in one or two of these distraction don’ts; don’t judge, you probably have too.

Singing While Driving: I’ve already mentioned how singing along to your favorite song on the radio is a potential hazard. You may think that since you know the words by heart, you can accomplish singing and driving at the same time. Even if singing seems effortless while behind the wheel, important brain functions are being diverted from the task at hand (driving) to help you remember the song lyrics.

Rubbernecking: It’s human nature to be curious about a car accident you happen to see on the road, but holding up an already-congested traffic flow could cause even more issues. Not only are you slowing down everyone behind you, your need to investigate the scene may keep the actual investigators and emergency service personnel from doing their job.

A second accident could even occur because of infrequent stopping and going. If your first inclination upon encountering the scene of an accident is to stop and examine the chaos, the frequent gawking could even damage your car’s brakes. A motorist’s nosiness could potentially lead to needing brake repair.

Keep it safe out there on the road, gang. Leave the crooning to Justin Timberlake (or whatever the kids are listening to at the sock hop these days) and keep your focus on the road. If you see an accident, do what you can to help, whether that’s calling 911 or sticking close to the accident as a crash witness. If you can already see that there are witnesses there and first responders are doing their job, don’t complicate things by rubbernecking. Next time, we’ll discuss more dangerous driving habits that can sometimes go overlooked.

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