Common driving habits are more dangerous than people realize

On Behalf of | Dec 26, 2022 | car accidents |

People do a lot of dangerous things in the car. Some of them are quite obvious, such as driving while under the influence. But many of them fly under the radar because people don’t realize just how risky they actually are.

The problem with this is that these activities can then turn into habits, meaning that someone faces an elevated risk of being in an accident every time that they drive. To help you avoid this, consider some of the most dangerous and common habits that American drivers tend to have.

Searching for new music

Ideally, you want to get music playing before you even start driving. This could mean turning on the radio, or, as is more likely in the modern era, choosing a song on your phone. The risk is that people will sometimes use their phone to search for a new song while they continue to drive.

Drinking a cup of coffee

The majority of Americans have at least one cup of coffee every single day, and many of them do it in the morning, on their commute to work. This may feel like second nature, but it reduces control over the vehicle and can be a distraction that leads to driving errors.

Talking to passengers

It’s not that you can’t talk to passengers, but you have to realize that holding a conversation is potentially a cognitive distraction. Additionally, turning to look at a passenger while talking is a visual distraction. This is why parents who are driving with children in the car are often so distracted.

If a distracted driver injures you in an accident, then you need to know how to seek financial compensation.