Learn To Drive - Examples of Dangerous Distractions
Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event (NHTSA Data 2006)
I’m always amazed by the things people try to do while driving: putting on mascara, cuddling pets, reading books and studying maps. I even saw a man driving with a video camera pressed to his face one crowded holiday weekend. He was doing 60 mph on a 6-lane highway at the time!
Most adult drivers have sipped a coffee, downed a sandwich or changed a radio station at some point while they were behind the wheel. They’ve lived to tell the tale, so how bad could it be?
The fact is that each year, drivers who take their eyes off the road ‘just for a moment’, cause thousands of crashes. Spilled coffee, poked eyes and dropped CDs have caused thousands more.
Any distraction can be deadly, but novice drivers like you are particularly at risk because you don’t have a lot of skill or experience yet. As you learn to drive safely you need to practice on not being distracted. Make it part of your Drivers ED checklist. Have your parents advise you when a distraction is happening and make sure your attention to driving is not affected. Look for more information in the Driving Lessons sections of the Workbook and the Video Library. Click the link below to go to Driving Lesson 2.