The proliferation of portable electronic devices has many of us thinking about how technology has influenced driving habits. It’s easy these days to forget some of the more traditional distractions.
A couple of months ago, one of our officers told me about a crash he witnessed, which illustrated this point. The video of the crash is included below.
In this case, the driver reported that she was distracted by putting on her shoes at the time of the crash. In addition to playing with their smart phones, people still read, eat, put on makeup, shave, and brush their teeth while driving.
Remember when you first started driving? At least subconsciously, you recognized that operating a vehicle involved coordination and concentration. It’s called a “divided attention” activity. Just by simply driving the car, your attention is focused on several different things at one time.
Consider how you can limit your distractions when you drive. Pushing 4,000 pounds of machinery down the road is a pretty big responsibility. Let’s not get distracted and avoid the mayhem (love those commercials).