Avoid Being Driven To Distraction

December 13, 2018
driven to distraction

Are You A Distracted Driver?

Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is among the most dangerous activity. This is thought to be because it requires your eyes, your fingers and your mental attention.  It is thus impossible not to look away from the road on a non-hands-free system. On average, a person looks away about four seconds per text. At 60 miles per hours, this takes you down the road a football field length or so!

Looking for dropped items

Dropping things, like a cell phone, lip balm, or a map inevitably leads to the blind fumbling for it. Often, when you look back up, you may only see brake lights.

Applying Makeup

Lipstick application, grooming and mirror-checking is best left to stop lights.

Hold that sneeze

Some folks have caused accidents as they involuntarily closed their eyes while in a sneezing fit.


This derisive term is applied to the inevitable accidents that occur in the lanes near an accident scene as people slow down to take a morbid look at the carnage. Deer, bear, coyotes, cougars or turkey near the road can also cause a pile up.

Cell Phones

However used, some amount of attention is diverted, if only momentarily, to the phone. In Tennessee, it is not yet illegal to talk on the cell phone while driving. Dialing a hand held is akin to texting. Some states require hands-free usage only. This still requires mental attention.

Using Your GPS Device

GPS devices. Inputting information is basically texting.

Pets In Your Vehicle

Fido has no regard for your safety; he just wants to be in your lap.

Eating And Drinking In Your Vehicle

Eating and drinking. It takes some attention to grab and dip each fry. I have even seen a guy eat a large bowl of cereal on the interstate.

Passengers In Your Vehicle

Passengers are distracting, especially to teens who sometimes tend to look at their passengers as they talk.  Teen distraction by other occupants is the reason why they are limited under the current Tennessee graduated driver’s license scheme. Children seeking attention are particularly distracting to parents driving.

Swatting Insects In Your Vehicle

Bees or insects. Nothing is more distracting than a wasp on your nose or a spider on your face. One lady just jumped out of her car and the unpiloted auto kept giving the bee a ride while the former driver ran behind it and watched it drive into a tree. The bee appeared unhurt.

Mr. Peel seeks justice for those injured in motorcycle, truck and car accidents, disability and medical malpractice. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Mr. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.

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