On the road, we see cars around us every day whose drivers are on the phone—talking, texting, reading —even though we all know the dangers:
- Failure to recognize potential hazards
- Doubles the risk of rear-end collisions
- Slows reaction time
- Missed traffic signals, signs, and exits
- Increased traffic violations
- Increased risk of an injury causing crash
And yet, some drivers still think it’s okay to look at that one text or make that one phone call. What you may not know is that multitasking is a myth—your brain cannot perform two functions at the same time. It’s imperative to keep your mind engaged with driving-related information in order to determine when and where there are vehicles or pedestrians around you. Staying focused enables you to react more quickly to road conditions and the unforeseen actions of other drivers.
Distractions such as cell phones should not be used to pass the time while you drive or wait at a red light; everyone needs your attention on the road. Phone calls and texts can wait until you’re safely stopped and parked.