One of the biggest risks to drivers in Texas and across the United States is fellow drivers being distracted. Everybody is well-aware of the risks associated with drunk driving, but the risks associated with distracted driving are not nearly as well publicized. This despite the fact that, according to the New York Times, distracted driving is the number one killer of American teenagers.
Probably the biggest culprit where distracted driving is concerned is cell phones. However, not everything you can do with a cell phone carries the same amount of distraction. Texting and using navigation apps tend to be extremely time-consuming and distracting. However, studies that are focused on the amount of crashes caused by people merely talking on their cell phones are very inconclusive. Additionally, in some situations, talking on the phone may be preferable as compared to getting into highway hypnosis.
However, cell phones are not the only source of distracted driving. Additional distractions may include eating or drinking while behind the wheel, talking with other passengers, looking at something on the side of the road, or even daydreaming.
While in many states it is illegal to use a cell phone while behind the wheel, obviously daydreaming is not. Distracted driving can be influenced by a number of factors. Make sure that while you are behind the wheel, your attention is fully focused on the road in front of you and not on the myriad of distractions that surround you.
If you must use a phone while you are driving, the best practice is to only use it for talking on and not texting. Additionally, it is smart to configure your phone to work with the systems inside of your car for operating it while driving.