When we get behind the wheel of a vehicle we are taking on a huge responsibility of keeping those in our vehicles and those around us safe. That is why it is so important to try and keep the distractions to a minimum. There are plenty of dangers on the road without us putting other things at the center of our focus during driving. You can take a pledge to leave the distractions put away until after you have stopped your vehicle.
The number one distraction for most of us drivers would be our cellphones. Sadly, we mostly feel like we have to know what’s going on at all times so we choose to keep our cellphones close by so that we can respond to every text, notification, or phone call. Being on your cellphone while driving is not only illegal in most states, but also extremely dangerous.
You also should steer clear of being distracted by changing your music on a player or by cd, eating, putting on makeup, doing your hair, having too many passengers, or watching videos. These are all considered distractions and all of these things have caused some sort of accident in the past.
The website www.distracted.gov gave some interesting statistics that say, “The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.” This is an unnecessary amount of people hurt or killed by small meaningless distractions.
Ultimately we here at Otto’s BMW, 3 Series dealer in West Chester, just want to all of our customers to be safe on the roads. So choose to take a stand against these distractions and keep yourself safe on the road.