One of the leading causes of car crashes today is distracted driving. It takes less than a second for a crash to occur when your eyes are off the road. Even something as quick and simple as looking at your dash display to change your radio station or putting your drink back into the cup holder next to you can split your attention long enough to cause an issue. No matter how easy a task may seem, it does require some form of focus and if you’re focused on that, you are no longer completely focused on the road. Even if you are driving responsibly, someone else may not be. This means that you need to be alert enough to react quickly to whatever is happening around you, which you cannot do reliably if you are already distracted.
A lot of states are trying to crack down on anyone who is distracted while driving. This means that using you phone, even hands free, may get you pulled over. If you are eating while driving, you may get a ticket. Even taking your hand off the wheel to grab a quick drink could be an offense depending on where you live. The important thing to remember is that you need to always be in control of your vehicle, and this means having both hands on the wheel.
While you are driving, you are responsible for yourself and anyone else in your car. This means that you need to make sure that others you are driving with aren’t causing a distraction. Although driving with friends can be fun, you have to approach it responsibly. You can sing along with your favorite music or have an animated conversation, but it’s still important to keep your focus on what you’re doing as you talk. You want to be able to continue the conversation when you get to your destination safely, after all.
Distracted driving causes accidents. This means that a lot of injuries and even deaths are the direct result of things like cell phones ringing or someone texting, and were completely avoidable. If you were injured in a crash that was caused by distracted driving, call Wirth Chiropractic to set up your appointment today. We can help with your pain and any other issues that you believe were caused by the impact. Come in and see just how much better you feel after a few sessions with us!