Distracted driving continues to be a major safety concern for motorists in the United States. All demographics have problems with multi-tasking behind the wheel, which makes it one of the leading causes of auto accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 8,000 auto accidents each day are the direct result of distracted driving. Distracted driving is often caused by — texting, alcohol, drugs, fatigue, reading, drinking, phone conversations, applying makeup, and even looking at the scenery outside. The passengers you carry in your vehicle can also be distractions.
The leading cause of distracted driving for new parents is children riding in the backseat.
“Turning around to talk to children in the backseat is the number one cause of distracted driving for parents,” says Mike Wyatt, auto accident attorney. “Busy parents who assist their children with food and drinks while driving is also a major safety hazard. It can have serious consequences that result in severe injury and even death.”
Many new parents drive distracted as they juggle the needs of children with their busy schedules. They dangerously multi-task behind the wheel while frantically running their daily errands. Dads and moms look for lost toys, talk on the phone, text, hand out snacks, and play music and movies instead of keeping their eyes on the road. The constant fatigue experienced by new parents also contributes to distracted driving.
“New mothers on average only get 5 hours and 20 minutes of sleep per night. They also drive on average 150 miles per week,” Mike explains. “Studies have shown that new parents who drive distracted are 3 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. They need to be more organized behind the wheel, take a deep breath, and concentrate on the road for the safety of both themselves and their children.”