I thought about how things have changed since I started driving almost 30 years ago. Cars back then were lucky to have even an AM radio and that the locks, windows, and everything were MANUAL to use. Now? They are so digitally involved that you can't POSSIBLY process it all mentally. DRIVE. Now to step down from my soapbox, here are some facts about distracted driving.
Most American culture is focused right now on how "distracted driving" is related only to texting, but guess what? There are a LOT of things that are considered distracted driving. Things like:
- Eating and drinking (I see this all the time)
- Grooming (applying makeup or even shaving)
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation/GPS system (which is why I don't have one)
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
- Using a cell phone or smartphone, even hands-free/Bluetooth
Add to it, that most states in the US have laws about distracted drivers. There are different ones for adults and minors. Some are considered primary and some are considered secondary. Some states even ban the use of a cellphone at all. I suggest you go over to the Distraction.gov website and find out what the laws are in your area. Click HERE for direct link to the state law page.
Drive safe...stop distracting yourself from those around you...