Okay, let’s be 100% clear about this: Nobody “multi-tasks” as well as they think. In fact, multi-tasking is a myth. When you try, your brain is actually forced to rapidly switch between tasks — and none get your full attention.
That’s why distracted driving is so dangerous. Even a second or two of distraction behind the wheel can lead to a serious or fatal crash.
New campaign seeks to educate young drivers, parents about distracted driving
The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) has timed an initiative aimed at educating drivers about safety to coincide with national Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Throughout April, IIANC will be focused on raising awareness about the sorts of things that often distract drivers, like:
- Fixing their hair and doing other grooming activities
- Drinking coffee or eating a snack
- Holding a phone and talking
- Sneaking a peek at a text while at a stoplight
- Playing around and joking with passengers
- Fishing for toys or snacks for the kids
- Being overly tired while behind the wheel
Along with the IIANC, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will also be trying to get the message through to every driver out there on the road that distractions can maim or kill.
What can you do to help reduce the problem of distracted driving? Simply put down your phone, keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, and do your part to stay focused while you drive. That’s all it takes!
When you’ve been victimized by a distracted driver, take action
A serious car accident can leave your family devastated and struggling to make ends meet. If you’ve been hurt by a distracted driver, let an attorney advocate for a fair settlement from those responsible.