Tennessee drivers know that some behaviors are riskier than others. Distracted driving behaviors often slot into this category. But do you know what distracted driving is?
Today we will look at the answer to that question. We will look at some lesser known examples of distracted driving. We will see how this type of driving has as much of an impact as drunk driving.
Lesser known distracted driving behaviors
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discusses this matter. They discuss the impact of distractions on driver safety. First, they point out that distracted driving is a broad term. It encompasses any action that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. This includes popular examples like texting and driving. But it can include more obscure examples, too. Did you know that eating while driving is a form of distracted driving? So is drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving. In fact, some states have laws against drinking beverages while driving. They consider it a secondary offense.
Distracted driving and driver safety
Even in states where this is not an offense, it is still a danger. Anything that takes the drivers hands, eyes and mind off the road is a distraction. Any distraction can result in the following:
- Decreased ability to cope with dangers
- Slower reaction times
- Inability to predict risks
- Inability to avoid perceived risks
A distracted driver often cannot act fast enough to avoid danger. They struggle to maintain safe driving. Because of this, these drivers can get into crashes. These crashes result in injury to themselves and other drivers.
To avoid this risk, it is best to cut down on as many distractions as possible. This includes eating while driving.