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Roadside chat - Your driving focus needs more focus


10-15 your focus needs more focusWhat takes your attention away from the road when you’re driving? As we head into Teen Driver Safety Week, let’s take a look at common distractions that affect everyone, not just teens, that you might not realize pose a risk behind the wheel.

A recent study showed the danger of the following behaviors.

Driving angry: drivers who are noticeably angry, sad, or agitated increase their risk of getting into a crash by nearly tenfold.

Searching for things in the backseat: Grabbing for something in the back seat, like your bag or a water bottle, make you nine times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Holding a full bladder: Badly needing to go to the bathroom while driving can impair your judgment and focus on the same level as a .05 blood-alcohol content.

Eating while driving: People who eat and drive increase the odds of a crash by 80 percent.

Pets in the car: Seven percent of survey respondents said they have allowed a pet to sit on their lap while driving. This behavior can hinder your ability to see or react quickly if the need arises. 

These are just a few of many distractions that you might not consider as having an impact on your driving. If you’re a parent, think carefully about the behaviors you’re modeling for your child. They are watching.

What you do behind the wheel matters to your kids -

So far in 2021, there have been 267 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of seven since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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