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The problems caused by distracted driving

Driving requires a lot of focus and your full attention. We all know the risks involved in using a cellphone or texting while driving. We even know statistics that tell us that drivers using their phones are more likely to be involved in crashes. Distracted driving affects all drivers from time to time and can come with stiff consequences.

Some types of distracted driving are visual in nature. These distractions take the driver’s eyes off the road. Other distractions are manual in nature, meaning that the driver takes their hands off the wheel. Distracted driving can also be cognitive when the driver’s mind is out of focus.

Examples of distracted driving

  • Playing with the radio
  • Interacting with kids
  • Eating
  • Cell phones – talking or texting
  • Driving under the influence
  • GPS and other vehicle amenities

The list of driving distractions could go on and on. Some people may even shave or apply makeup while driving. Many states have created laws against the biggest problems of distracted driving. While outlawing all distracted driving is impossible, there are laws regarding cell phone usage and driving under the influence.

Consequences of distracted driving

Every decision you make is accompanied by a set of consequences. Depending on where you are if you are pulled over for distracted driving, you may face a fine and possibly penalty points on you license. North Carolina is one of the states that have a texting ban for all drivers. The state’s laws for drivers under 18 are tougher than adults. While all cell phone use is prohibited for new drivers, adults can talk on the phone while driving.

Distracted driving can result in injury, or even death. This is the worst possible thing that can happen, as you are risking your life and the lives of others. You could hurt the people in your car, or a pedestrian or another driver. The emotional impact of injuring people you care about or strangers can be very difficult to deal with.

You can also lose your driving privileges if you accumulate too many points on your driving record. Your license may be revoked or subject to a suspension. When looking at all the consequences of distracted driving, it becomes very clear that it is not worth the risk.

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