It’s the responsibility of all motorists in Georgia to ensure the safety of all who share the road. This entails following traffic laws, driving the speed limit, and limiting distractions in your vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains the dangers of distracted driving and what you can do to prevent a serious accident from occurring.
While texting and driving is the most notable example, any activity that takes your attention away from the task at hand counts as a driving distraction. For instance, carrying on a conversation with passengers is considered a distraction, as your mind will not be fully focused on the road. Adjusting your GPS or radio, or eating while driving is also dangerous, particularly because they involve removing your hands from the wheel.
Consider that in 2017 approximately 3,166 people lost their lives because of driving distractions. Teens and young adults are the most likely to drive while distracted, as well as participate in other problematic behaviors that can increase the risk of a crash. As a result, it’s important for adults to set a good example and make teens aware of just how risky this behavior is. If you have a teen driver in the family, make sure he or she understands the dangers of driving while distracted. Also highlight the legal repercussions of doing so, as many states have already enacted laws banning texting and driving.
In the same token, it’s important for all drivers to identify other risky behaviors to ensure they don’t occur. This includes impaired driving, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving while fatigued. You should also take steps to obey all traffic laws, including driving the posted speed limit. Speeding can increase the risk of a crash, while also exacerbating any injuries that occur.