Distracted driving results in an alarming number of car accidents in Long Island and throughout the United States. Your commitment to recognizing behaviors that may divert your attention away from driving while behind the wheel could potentially save the life of you and others.

To effectively identify dangerous behaviors that you may engage in while driving, think carefully about your habits and routines. With an awareness of your personal risks, you may practice more vigilance in avoiding certain behaviors.

It’s more than just texting

If you hear the term “distracted driving,” your brain may immediately go to texting and driving. While using electronic devices is undoubtedly a serious problem and a common distraction for many drivers, it certainly isn’t the only one.

According to State Farm Insurance, there are plenty of other distractions that may lessen your ability to focus and make timely decisions while driving. These include the following:

  • Getting too caught up in adjusting your music or vehicle settings
  • Eating or drinking
  • Daydreaming while on a long drive
  • Continuing to drive under extreme fatigue
  • Responding to the needs of your passengers, particularly children and pets
  • Watching roadside activity like accidents, electronic billboards and pedestrians

Committing to safety

With less of your attention focused on driving, you compromise your ability to respond safely and effectively to road hazards. Your engagement in other activities while you drive may cause you to entirely miss typical things you might encounter on the road, such as other vehicles, pedestrians and changing traffic signals.

Once you know which distractions you are most prone to falling victim to while driving, implement a mental check each time you get behind the wheel to avoid those dangerous distractions.