For many Americans, to say a work-life balance can be difficult might be an understatement. When you consider the amount of time you dedicate to your job, as well as the hours you spend on the road each week, it might seem natural that you would try to multitask.
Since Maryland has one of the longest average driving commutes in the nation, it may seem necessary to handle other matters on the road between home and work. However, when you are behind the wheel, no distraction is worth putting yourself or the other drivers around at you risk.
What are driving distractions?
Cellphone use is what many people tend to think of when they hear about accidents related to distracted driving. You are probably well aware that handheld phone use is illegal in Maryland. This is also true for many surrounding states.
And although the use of a cellphone while driving is extremely dangerous, it is not the only thing that could draw your attention away from the road. Conversations with passengers, eating or drinking and checking your navigational system could also distract you when you are behind the wheel.
There are four typical ways people are distracted while driving. These include:
- Cognitive distractions – For many people, this probably happens often. Your mind may wander, thinking about which clients you need to contact, how you are going to close a deal or when you could possibly schedule a family vacation.
- Auditory distractions – This could happen while listening to a podcast or news report. There are often shocking new developments announced on the news. And many influencers can challenge your thought process.
- Visual distractions – Whether this includes looking at an accident elsewhere or paying attention to something else happening along the way, it is important to remember you need to keep your eyes on the road.
- Manual distractions – You might be distracted any time your hands are doing something other than what is necessary for maneuvering your vehicle.
Like countless others, you may feel pressed for time. However, you might be wise to consider ways you can focus on driving when you get behind the wheel. It is important to remember that driving is a serious responsibility which requires you to remain fully present.