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Could summer fun increase the risk of distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Along with the increase in leisure activities during the warmer months, there comes a significant rise in road traffic. This increase in traffic and excitement can also lead to a rise in distracted driving. What should you know about the risk of distracted driving during the summer months?

What are common driver distractions?

Any activity that takes a driver’s hands, eyes or thoughts away from the task of driving can be a driver distraction. This can include phone use, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle or fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system.

Texting is the most alarming distraction because it takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds or more at a time. Texting also takes a driver’s attention away from the road and often removes one of their hands from the steering wheel.

Summer often means more teenage drivers are on the road.

Summer brings more teens into the driver’s seat—many of whom might be newly licensed. It also introduces them to driving environments crowded with tourists and other distractions that they may not have encountered before.

Additionally, ever-present smartphones can tempt many young drivers into texting, scrolling through social media or choosing the next song on their playlist. When they turn to their smart phone while behind the wheel, the results can be particularly dangerous. Unfortunately, this behavior is common, with around 43 percent of teens admitting to texting and driving.

Summer vacation can lead many parents to lose focus behind the wheel.

Families eager to dive into their long-awaited vacations might also find themselves grappling with distractions. Parents might be navigating new routes, adjusting GPS settings or even searching for that perfect family dining spot—all while driving. Each of these actions can significantly divert a driver’s attention away from the road, increasing the risk of an accident.

Children in the back seat can also divert parents’ attention. A recent Australian study found that children can be 12 times more distracting than taking a phone call behind the wheel.

Distracted driving by parents, teens or other drivers can turn a joyful summer outing into a serious car accident in seconds. Reducing your own distraction behind the wheel and staying aware of the risks that other drivers may pose can help you protect your safety during the summer months.