1. Reduces the Drivers Reaction Time
This is perhaps the most obvious danger of distracted driving. A driver paying attention to the road ahead can react more quickly than a driver unaware of what’s happening around them. Unfortunately, many people are so accustomed to distracting themselves while driving that the reaction time decreases over time.
2. You Could Lose Your Driving License
To drive a motor vehicle, you have to pass a test for a license, and the consequences of distracted driving can be harsh. If you are caught driving while distracted, you could lose your license. So if you are a hired professional driver, you might lose your job.
3. Increases the Risk of Getting into an Accident
Distracted driving increases your risk of getting into an accident, where you can cause damage to your car or someone else’s property. Distracted driving leads to problems on the road and can even lead to accidents. It’s not just those who cause accidents who are at fault when it happens. The car or the person driving can be damaged, or even worse, someone else can be hurt. People distracted at the wheel are more likely to get involved in accidents than those with their eyes on the road.
Nowadays, there are so-called “no texting” laws. Texting when you’re behind the wheel is illegal, and you will be fined for it if you do. These laws are in place to protect you and keep people from getting into accidents due to distracted driving, but they’re also put in place to protect others.
6. Civil Court Disputes
These kinds of disputes are essentially civil court disputes. They’re cases where one driver feels another driver has been negligent because they were distracted by something. Distracted driving is hazardous; in one case, it even led to the death of a driver who had a heart attack and lost consciousness. Though no such fatal accident happened due to texting, this kind of accident can happen to anyone, regardless of how careful their driving is.
7. Higher Insurance Premiums
Most times, you will find that your level of insurance is based on your record of traffic violations. If you have a history of driving while distracted, this can increase your insurance rate.
Safety is the primary concern in driving, and being distracted can lead to accidents. This is why it’s essential to remain focused on the road ahead and look at all the other factors. It’s easy to be pulled into a conversation or an argument while driving down the highway, but this can have dire consequences. Distracted driving is a serious problem, and it’s time we start noticing it.