Dangerous Driving Mistakes Made by Moms
Moms do not have an easy job. They often find themselves rushed and sleep deprived as they attempt to get kids to daycare, school, play dates, sports, the doctor, or even when running errands like grocery shopping. Most mothers are safe and responsible drivers. However, all of this distraction, sleep deprivation and stress lead to a number of dangerous driving mistakes, including:
Driving with too many distractions: In a poll conducted by American Baby, partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide, 78 percent of moms admit to talking on the phone while driving with their kids, which can be as dangerous as driving while impaired. Nearly one third will text or check email, and 75 percent feel they are more flustered in their daily lives since having children. All of these distractions can lead to dangerous driving. Distracted driving causes thousands of car accidents each year, and these accidents can be catastrophic for parents driving young children in the car. As such, all moms and all drivers should stow their cell phones, keep their eyes on the road and dedicate their full attention to driving.
Driving while fatigued: The unfortunate reality is that many mothers, especially new moms, are driving on little sleep, often less than the average truck driver would require. This exhaustion stems from being woken up in the middle of the night, changing diapers and caring for sometimes demanding children. Tired mothers are more likely to make dangerous driving mistakes due to a diminished reaction time and even potentially falling asleep behind the wheel.
Looking in the backseat at children: An astonishing 64 percent of moms admit to turning around to attend to their children's needs. Doing so is a dangerous mistake as serious accidents can happen in these moments.
Driving with your cell phone in the front seat: This issue is related heavily to distracted driving. Mothers who place their cell phones in an easily accessible place are more likely to reach for it to talk on the phone, text or engage in other hazardous behaviors.
Leaving children in the car unattended: Many moms admit to leaving their babies or toddlers in the car unattended to run a quick errand. This poses a significant risk to the safety of children due to the potential for overheating, theft, and other like dangers. Never leave children in a car alone, even if the engine is running or it is for just a few minutes.
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