Do Not Drive Distracted in Arlington
No one ever wants to be involved in an accident requiring collision repair services. The good news is there are steps you can take to mitigate your risk of being involved in this unfortunate scenario. You can minimize distractions while behind the wheel. Staying focused on the road will keep you and your passengers safe. Below are the most common and avoidable distracted driving behaviors.
Cell Phone Use
Talking while driving, even if you are using a hands-free device, elevates your risk of being in an accident. Studies indicate that a driver is still distracted for several seconds after ending a phone call. This leads to a slower reaction time after hanging up. You will be much safer if you turn off all of your mobile devices while driving.
Tinkering With Electronics and Entertainment Systems
Your car’s radio and navigation system makes commuting less of a hassle and less boring. But if you take the time to adjust them while driving, it could lead to tragic consequences. Pull over if you really must turn the radio knob or adjust the infotainment screen, even if just for a split second.
Eating and Drinking
Eating on the move seems sensible when you’re pressed for time. The same goes for reaching and sipping that cup of coffee. These are all bad ideas. The sandwich you’re eating might come apart. The latte might spill and burn your skin. These situations all cause you to lose focus on the road ahead. You also put all the other cars and trucks around you at risk.
We all daydream about what-if scenarios that are far grander than our current reality. However, being behind the wheel is not the time for your mind to wander. When you daydream, you may miss the freeway exit, or worse, not see that RV or trailer ahead slow down or come to an abrupt stop.
Using Social Media
Tweeting or uploading that Instagram photo can wait until you arrive at your destination. Sure, it only takes about five seconds to send a message, but at 55 mph, five seconds is enough to cover the distance of a football field. That is plenty of distance to get into an accident.
Distracted Driving Behaviors = Impaired Driving
WBL Automotive Collision Repair provides fast and friendly service to customers who have been involved in an accident. Contact us today for a free estimate. Remember, these distracted driving behaviors can lead to grave consequences; behind the wheel, driving should be your foremost and only priority.
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