Common Dangers and Distractions to Avoid While Driving
UNITED STATES – An online article from rd.com discusses some common dangers and distractions that most people have probably engaged in while driving their vehicles. These are activities you should avoid when you’re behind the wheel.*
Feet on the dash – Especially if you’re the driver, you should never have your feet anywhere but on the pedals and on the floorboard. Having your feet on the dash or out the window can lead to loss of control. Passengers should also avoid this, as it can lead to serious injuries in the event of a crash.
Eating and drinking in the car – Safety experts indicate that taking a few drinks of a beverage that’s right next to you in the cupholder is usually ok to do, but the more effort you have to put into your drinking or eating, the more likely you are to cause an accident. Never try to juggle and eat a full meal in your car or try to drink a messy beverage while driving.
Driving with headphones – Your hearing is important to your ability to take in your surroundings while driving and react appropriately. If you have headphones in, not only will you be distracted by the music, you will also potentially miss hearing emergency sirens, the sound of brakes on the road, or people yelling.
Packing too much in the car – When moving or on vacation, people tend to try to fit as much as possible into their vehicles. However, when you pile objects too high, you can obstruct your rearview. The sight you have out of the back of your car is vital for your navigation. Too many items back there can mean hazardous blind spots.
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