With the 2018 implementation of the Georgia Hands-Free Law, many people have started to take notice of driving their vehicles while holding their phones. Texting remains the #1 cause of distracted driving because it involves three different opportunities for distraction:
- Your hand is not securely on the steering wheel because you are holding your phone.
- Your eyes are not continuously on the road because you are looking at your phone.
- You are mentally engaged in something else besides driving because your mind is drawn to either what you are reading on your phone or what your typed response will be.
This combination adds up to a significant risk of being involved in an accident.
Besides cell phone usage, please be aware that other activities such as using a GPS, smoking, eating, putting on makeup, fixing your hair, and daydreaming can also cause distracted driving. Who among us has not seen someone maybe doing three or four of these things at the same time?
Distracted driving has had a significant impact on Georgia rates since 2015. We are all challenged to lead our busy schedules and at the same time get quickly where we need to go. Think about these steps to help you safeguard from a potential accident:
- Leave early and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
- Use a hands-free device in your car.
- Wait to check your face and hair when completely stopped at a red light.
- Only eat foods which are easy to control.