Talk about distracted driving tends to revolve around the use of phones or other electronic devices. However, distractions have been around since in-car clocks were analog, and watching a movie in your car meant going to a drive-in.
Here are some of those distractions that continue to take drivers’ attention away from the road.
Spouses, parents and in-laws
You likely have some adults in your life who love to tell you what you are doing wrong as you drive. Letting them get to you could raise your stress levels, making it harder to concentrate on the road and make safe decisions.
Boyfriends and girlfriends
It might seem cute when your partner wants to hold your hand while driving, but it’s a bad idea. While ignoring your partner is generally unwise, it might just save your life in the car.
Most teenagers are too busy plugged into their devices to bother you while you’re driving. Younger kids are a different story. Even if you decide that installing back-of-the-seat video screens is the way forward, expect them to interrupt you at regular intervals because they want you to change the video, tell off their sibling or because they need to use the bathroom.
A while ago, many parents put their babies in a baby seat in the front. It’s illegal in North Carolina, and it’s also unsafe due to front airbags. So if your baby cries, which they probably will at some point in most journeys, you must resist the temptation to turn around to calm them while still moving. Your eyes should be on the road ahead.
Following these tips can help you stay safe, but it cannot guarantee your safety. The road will still be full of other drivers who may be distracted. If one injures you in a crash, seek legal help guidance to seek the compensation you need and deserve.