Distracted driving is always a problem, but the growth of technology is only making it more problematic over time. Some newer technology has tried to correct the potential for distractions, but these don’t always work.
For example, if you use a cell phone while your vehicle is in motion, it may now say “Not available while driving” or some other message that locks you out of your phone. Problematically, all you have to press is, “I’m not driving,” and the phone easily opens up.
Major changes in vehicles attempt to manage distractions, too. For example, some newer vehicles have warning systems to let drivers know when they’re going out of their lane. They have automatic stopping features and alerts if the driver seems to be asleep behind the wheel.
It’s a little bit ironic that the solution to distracted driving is to use the same types of technology that have led to an increase in distractions in the first place. That being said, no technology is perfect, and you will still need to take steps to eliminate distractions if you want to be a safe driver.
Distracted driving may result in death
It’s a simple fact that distracted driving may result in a serious collision and death. Those who use messaging services are up to 23 times more likely to get into a crash than others. Some of those crashes will be fatal.
So, what’s the solution?
Inside your own vehicle, you can eliminate those distractions. Putting down your phone or locking it away out of reach is a good option, though not always practical. Alternatively, using, and respecting, an app that locks the phone while you’re driving may help.
Upgrading to a vehicle with distraction-prevention technology is another possible solution, but it’s not always feasible. Instead, consider getting enough rest, putting away your technology in the trunk or passenger storage areas, and making a decision to pay attention to driving.
At the end of the day, drivers do have to make the decision to pay attention to the road. Decide to be safe, and you could help protect your life and the lives of those around you.