Driving distractions can happen at any time. They are always dangerous and they always increase the odds of a crash. Drivers should constantly be focused on the road, refraining from using cellphones, talking to passengers and much more. Distracted driving is one of the top reasons for car accidents in the United States.
But these distractions are especially problematic during the morning commute to the office because traffic congestion already increases the odds of getting involved in a traffic accident. A driver who is distracted has a very high risk of crashing because they have less reaction time.
So how do you avoid these distractions? How do you stay safe when commuting? Let’s look at a few of the common distractions so you know what not to do in order to keep yourself safe.
Interestingly, even though the majority of Americans drink coffee every single day, it’s a major driving distraction. Grabbing a cup of coffee from Starbucks on the way to work could be the difference between getting in an accident and arriving safely at the office. It’s much safer to drive to work and drink coffee at your desk.
Starting work for the day
Some people decide to use their commute to get started on work. They may use their cellphone to read or respond to emails, for example. They may send text messages to members of their team. They could make phone calls to local business owners. All of this feels like they are getting an extra jump on the day, but they’re just making it more likely that they will crash on the way to work.
Another problematic aspect of rushing to work is that some drivers know they are late and they hurry out of the house without shaving, putting on makeup, combing their hair or doing other basic grooming tasks. But trying to get ready for work in the car dramatically increases accident risks. Planning ahead – or skipping some of these steps – is much safer.
What if someone else injures you?
Even if you avoid these activities, other drivers could get distracted and injure you in an accident. Be sure you are well aware of your legal options.