You are not going to hear about any of these distractions in a national campaign this summer. There will be no highway signs, no radio announcements, and no pamphlets that come home from school with your teenager talking about these dangers. Yet each of these dangers can cause a driver to lose his focus on the road and result in serious, or fatal, accident injuries.
What Are We Talking About?
There are many distractions that fit the description posted above. However, right now we want to focus on just three. They include:
- Daydreaming. We all have things—both good and bad—that distract us. Am I ready for my presentation? Did I buy that birthday gift? What will I do Saturday night? Is my loved one going to be okay? Any of these thoughts can cause a driver to be cognitively distracted from driving safely.
- Music. Car radios have been around since the 1920s and 1930s, but that does not necessarily mean that listening to music in the car is always safe. Something as simple as turning up the volume or changing the station or song can be distracting.
- Something on the side of the road. Maybe it is your neighbor’s new landscaping (or lack of it) that catches your eye in Louisa, maybe it is a kid’s lemonade stand in your Otis neighborhood, or maybe it something else that causes you to do a double-take and takes your eyes away from the road in Cedar Rapids.
What other examples of distracted driving can you think of that don’t make the news? Please leave a comment and share your examples with us, and please share this post on your Facebook page or Twitter feed to help raise awareness about all kinds of distracted driving.