Many drivers like to think that they are competent behind the wheel, but unfortunately, many drivers don’t realise just how high their chances of being involved in a crash are. Driver error is the most common cause of road traffic accidents in the UK. Driver error often occurs when an overly confident driver allows themselves to become distracted because they believe that they are capable of remaining in control when the unexpected happens. However, when the unexpected happens, it is important that your concentration levels are high. If there are distractions in your vehicle, your concentration levels will not be at their best.
In our modern society, we have become more and more reliant on our smartphones. We take our mobiles everywhere we go and many of us are quite obsessed with staying connected. Many drivers cannot even wait until their journey is over to take a call or read a message. Some drivers even browse on social media websites whilst driving. Although you may have managed to answer calls without causing a crash, the truth is that other people haven’t. You may have been okay in the past, but that does not guarantee that you will be safe in the future. All it takes is for you to take a call at the wrong time, and something tragic happens.
Many drivers mistakenly believe that hands-free kits are safe. It is understandable that drivers assume this, because hands free kits are often marketed for use in cars. Making matters even more confusing, many new cars are now built with Bluetooth systems which connect your mobile phone to the car speakers, allowing you to have a hands free conversation on loudspeaker in your vehicle. Despite the fact that these products are sold, some parties are currently campaigning to ban the use of hands free kits in cars.
Even if both of your hands are free to keep control of the car, this does not guarantee that your mind will be on the task at hand. You cannot control what conversation you will have. Someone could give you great news, tragic news or they could argue with you. There is potential for you to become excited, devastated or angry whilst driving and having a phone conversation. The other person may not be aware that you are driving and as a result of the conversation, they could unknowingly put you in danger as your mind is taken off the road.
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