When you try to do more than one thing at a time while driving, it forces your brain to shift focus. We are not wired to multi-task, and the chances of your causing an accident increases exponentially depending on the distraction. 

  • You are 23 times more likely to get into an accident while texting and driving. Turn off your phone when you get into the car to avoid distractions. 
  • You are 9 times more likely to get into an accident when reaching for a dropped object under you seat or behind you. Find a safe place to pull over before picking anything up off of the floor.
  • You are 3 times more likely to get into an accident while reading a map while driving. Use a voice activated GPS for navigation to avoid taking your eyes off the road.
  • You are 3 times more likely to get into an accident when applying makeup. Give yourself extra time to prepare before you leave the house or wait until you arrive at your location before fixing makeup or hair.
  • You are 2 times more likely to get into an accident when eating - eat before you get into the car so you can focus on the road. 

While there are many hazards to distracted driving, texting while operating a vehicle is far and away the most dangerous distraction; 82% of drivers ages 16-24 say they have texted while driving and 77% of young drivers are confident that they can safely text while driving. However, the numbers are clear - when you text and drive your reaction time decreases by as much as 35%. Don't take the risk. It can wait. 

From your friends at BEARCE Insurance.