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Distracted driving is more than just looking at your phone

On Behalf of | May 3, 2022 | Distracted Driving |

Distracted driving has garnered much attention from lawmakers in Georgia over the past decade. This is due primarily to the use of cell phones by motorists while driving, but it has really been occurring since the invention of the automobile. Distracted driving comes in a wide variety of forms well beyond merely using a phone. Distractions along the road while negotiating traffic are significant to begin with, and anything that is done while in the process of driving can potentially be a serious distraction.

Internal distractions

Distracted driving can come from anywhere inside of an automobile. Even conversations with passengers that can often seem simple and acceptable could still result in interrupted driving attention, including conversations between other passengers. Listening to loud music or wearing headphones while driving can be problematic as well because it is important to always be able to hear noises around the vehicle such as an approaching motorcycle.

Eating and drinking while driving

It is a given that drinking alcohol while driving is not only a potential driving distraction, but it is also illegal. Even an open container in a vehicle is unlawful in Georgia. However, eating and drinking anything can cause enough of a distraction to result in an accident when the driver takes their eyes off of the road. Taking your eyes off of the road for as little as five seconds can result in a serious accident. In fact, a vehicle can travel nearly the distance of a football field in that amount of time when driving the speed limit.

Even going for a ride in Georgia can present distracted driving situations in many cases. It is important for all drivers to always pay close attention to the road even when out sight-seeing, and “rubbernecking” activity should always be held to a minimum when driving at full speed. And always remember that defensive driving is the best personal driving policy.