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Outrageous examples of distracted driving

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Injuries

Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. While most people think of texting or talking on the phone when they hear “distracted driving,” there are other risky behaviors that irresponsible drivers perform.

It may be hard to believe, but some drivers engage in exceptionally unwise activities while operating a motor vehicle, regardless of the consequences.

Applying makeup

Some motorists apply makeup on their way to work or a social event. This often requires looking into a mirror rather than at the road and using hands that ought to be steering. Fixing eyeliner or putting on lipstick at a red light might be harmless, but doing so while moving is extremely dangerous.

Changing clothes

Incredibly, some drivers try to switch outfits during transit. Whether a quick change of a jacket or an entire ensemble, changing requires significant attention, which should be devoted to driving.

Eating with utensils

While snacking with one’s hands might already be a distraction, some drivers take this to the next level by dining with silverware. Picture someone trying to balance a plate of spaghetti and using a fork while navigating traffic. The practice is as unsafe as it sounds.

Reading maps or newspapers

Unbelievably, there are instances where drivers get caught reading novels, periodicals or even maps spread across the steering wheel. This distraction pulls the driver’s eyes away from the road and significantly increases the chance of an accident.

Taking selfies or videos

Snapping selfies and recording videos while driving are alarming trends. Social media enthusiasts often look at the camera instead of the road and focus on their pose instead of traffic conditions.

Such examples of distracted driving show an extreme lack of judgment and disregard for public safety. Recognizing how absurd and threatening these habits are can help people make better choices behind the wheel, thus preventing someone from experiencing a serious personal injury.

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