Distracted driving continues to be a huge problem throughout the country. Despite campaigns and public announcements, people continue to engage in activities that take their attention away from driving. Here are some reasons why this is the case and what you can do to avoid it.
Distracted driving in Georgia
Texting or using the phone for other purposes is the most alarming distraction related to motor vehicle accidents in Georgia. According to studies, 90% of all road users admit to using their phones while driving even though experts suggest that driving at 55 miles per hour while looking at a text for five seconds is like driving for over 100 yards blindfolded.
Additionally, automotive technological advances like large touchscreens positioned at vehicles’ dashboards come with unique features that distract most drivers. For example, some models of Tesla and Mercedes allow drivers to play video games on the dashboard even while operating the car.
Georgia distracted driving laws
It is illegal to be distracted while driving in Georgia. If a police officer sees you texting or talking on your phone, eating, working the radio, etc., while driving, they could stop you and hand you a ticket. If you happen to cause an accident, the usage of the phone will be considered grounds for fault in court.
Tips for avoiding distracted driving
• Make all the necessary adjustments before you hit the road. Set the GPS, sound systems, mirrors, climate control, etc., before you start driving.
• Get a wireless earpiece for answering calls. It is illegal to answer calls with your phone, but the law allows you to use a hand-free device to call or text someone while driving.
• If you are feeling drowsy, pull off the road. Drowsiness can be a form of distracted driving; therefore, if you are feeling tired, pull over somewhere to rest before you get back on the road.
• Stay organized. When your car has clutter all over, it is easy to get distracted because your eyes can wander.
Distracted driving makes you four times more likely to get into a car accident. For your own safety and that of others, focus on the road during your entire trip to avoid a crash.