Driving a car is a lot of responsibility especially when there are passengers in the vehicle. Over the past few years, with the increase in technology, road accidents due to distractions have become more common. Below we provide some of the most common distractions for drivers, that you may have been unaware of.
One of the highest causes of distraction-related car accidents is due to mobile phones. With the unlimited amount of mobile apps available, more and more drivers are not only making phone calls while driving, but sending text, pictures, videos and logging onto various social media apps whilst behind the wheel.
Eating, Drinking or Smoking
As more or less every new car has at least one cup holder, it is not surprising that one of the most common driving distractions is having a beverage or eating whilst in the driving seat. Similarly, with regards to smoking, even though last year’s legislation passed to say that it was illegal to smoke in a private vehicle with anyone under the age of 18, smoking is still one of the more common driving distractions.
If you are driving and there are other passengers in your car, they may place major demand on your attention. In particular young drivers have a high risk of being involved in an accident, when they are driving with friends compared to driving with adults or children.
Like mobile phones, the increase in technology has made cars more than just vehicles to get you from A to B. With, sound systems, TV screens and other new features in new cars today, the play a major role in distraction-related driving accidents.
Your own Thoughts
It’s been a long day in work, something’s just on your mind and daydreaming, these are ways that your own thoughts could be distracting you while driving. A shocking 68% of drivers surveyed said they were distracted while driving due to their own thoughts.
It only takes one second for an accident to occur. It is important to avoid as many as these distractions as possible when behind the wheel. If an accident was to occur, make sure you’re covered. Call in to our office at 31 The Mall Waterford or telephone 051 860 600 to get yourself covered.