Distracted driving is rapidly becoming a big issue among lawmakers in Virginia and around the country who are concerned about the number of accidents that involve evidence of the practice. Modern technology installed in vehicles is a part of the problem just as is the use of cell phones while in transit. Some drivers absolutely refuse to talk on the phone when driving while others think nothing about it. Some even still attempt to text while driving. These are not the only forms of distracted driving that occur, and many of them are practiced far too often by some who attempt to save time while driving.
Eating and drinking
Eating and drinking while driving is a traditional form of distracted driving that many do not even think twice about doing. Many morning commuters drink coffee on the way to work, not to mention eating breakfast sandwiches along the way after sleeping an extra few minutes before leaving home. These types of distracted driving have been evidenced in countless motor vehicle accidents.
Talking to passengers
Another traditional form of distracted driving is talking to passengers while in traffic. Even listening to a conversation between others can be a distraction, and it can also impair the ability to hear other vehicles moving past. And it is not necessary to be in congested traffic for communications to result in auto accidents.
One of the most common highway distractions is when drivers are listening to loud music and get lost in thought in the process. Not only can it detract from ability to hear other vehicles, including bikes and motorcycles, it can also cause the driver’s mind to wander.