Nobody is perfect, especially when it comes to driving. We’ve all made mistakes and will continue to make mistakes in our car. Some drivers might be making some mistakes without knowing the danger behind their behaviors. Each day, nearly ten people are killed and 1,161 people are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here at Discount Auto Glass, we want to do whatever we can to keep you safe on the road. Our team of experts compiled a list of four distracted driving behaviors you should avoid when you get behind the wheel.
1. Eating (and drinking) while driving:
Sure, fast food is convenient, but did you realize it’s a potential driving hazard? Eating in the car saves time, but if you’re the driver, you should avoid eating while you’re driving if you can. A study by ExxonMobil showed that more than 70 percent of drivers eat behind the wheel and 83 percent of drivers drink beverages while driving.
This one is obvious. It’s hard to turn on the television or get online without seeing an advertisement about the dangers of texting while driving. Sending just one text can lead to a pretty hefty bill at the auto body shop or, worse, could earn you a trip to the funeral home. Texting and driving causes about 330,000 injuries each year, and one out of every four car accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting and driving. Putting your phone down while you drive can save your life and the lives of others. Texts can wait until you are parked.
Using your phone while you’re driving might be the most well-known form of “distracted driving,” but, have you thought about smoking behind the wheel? Any activity that takes your eyes off the road counts as a form of distracted driving. The process of finding, lighting, smoking and disposing of a cigarette in the car can cause multiple distractions while you’re driving. You have to take at least one hand off of the wheel to find your cigarettes, then finding the lighter, etc. Dropping a lit cigarette also is a potential distraction and injury. There aren’t many places for the cigarette to go in your car other than your lap. It’s best to just leave the cigarettes out of the car or just don’t smoke at all.
It’s pretty hard to resist looking at a car crash that you see on the side of the road. We can’t help but wonder what’s making our commute to work (or home from work) so slow. We’re here to tell you – resist the urge to stop and stare! Rubbernecking causes 16 percent of all vehicle crashes, according to the Journal of Transportation Technologies. It’s best to keep your eyes on the road in front of you, so you don’t end up causing a wreck of your own and end up on the side of the road, too.
Distracted driving is dangerous, plain and simple. Not having your auto glass in tip-top shape is also dangerous. A chip in your windshield can turn into a large crack in just a few days if it’s not taken care of quickly. Stop by any of our eight Discount Auto Glass locations in Arkansas for a quote today. Don’t forget, if you don’t have time to come to our shop, we can come to you for glass repairs! (501) 377-9575.