Since 2011, the only way to legally use your phone while driving in Delaware has been via a hands-free set. The law aimed to reduce distracted driving. However, people have engaged in other forms of distracted driving since long before the invention of cellphones, and they continue to do so.
Here are some driving distractions you may not have considered:
- Your kids: Any parent knows just how distracting children can be. Whether it is your teenagers fighting in the back, or your baby screaming from his car seat because he wants milk, kids can be hard to ignore. Short of installing a soundproof barrier between front and rear, you need to develop strategies to cope. Often the best way is to pull off the road and deal with the issue before continuing your journey.
- Food and drink: Few people still sit down to three square meals a day. Running late for work? Pour some coffee into a travel mug and start driving. Hungry on the way back from the gym? Peel a banana with one hand while steering with the other. As good as we may be at eating on the move, it decreases your safety and steals your attention away from the road.
- Billboards: Distracting people while they are driving is a $6.9 billion industry. Everyone is competing for your attention, from the small design on the hot dog stand to the giant LED signs over Times Square. If you are reading a sign, you are not looking at the road.
If you are injured in a car accident, seek legal help. An attorney can look into whether the driver was distracted and help you claim compensation for your injuries.