Behind the Wheel
Beyond Texting: Distracted Driving Comes In All FormsJuly 7, 2014
By now, most states have banned texting while driving on the road, and Kansas is no exception. Here, texting is illegal for all drivers, and any cell phone use is banned for all learner permit and intermediate license holders. And some states, like California, even require hands-free equipment for talking on a cell phone at all while driving at any age. Clearly, cell phones present a huge distraction to drivers, and the government is doing everything they can to minimize the frightening consequences that can come from the deadly combination. “It Can Wait” campaign, where drivers pledge to pull over before they ever text while on the road, and I think this campaign can apply to so many other activities! Here are a few guidelines to get you thinking about how you can be a safer, more focused driver: 1. If you get fast food at the drive-thru, eat any messy or complicated items before you leave the parking lot 2. Never put on makeup or fix your hair while driving 3. Let the passenger play DJ and pick the music for you — especially if it’s on your iPod or phone 4. Consider using a headset or built-in speaker system for answering all phone calls while driving 5. Don’t turn around to have animated conversations with your passengers — look in the rearview mirror if you really need to check something out in the back seat 6. If you feel sleepy while on a road trip or commuting, pull over! Take a nap before returning to the wheel. 7. ALWAYS wear your glasses if your license requires you to wear a prescription while driving the odds ratio of why car accidents happen, I realized how important it is to avoid these things at all costs! If you’re still wondering what activities may be potentially dangerous while driving, take these great quizzes put out by AAA!