Distractions Behind The Wheel!

Hi Guys and welcome to another Blog post!

I was worried about uploading this because I wasn't sure about the reaction that I would get. But, I figured that this is a place for me to express my opinions. I have seen far too many accidents on the road recently, and more and more people smoking behind the wheel. The combination of the two inspired me to write this post because we need to make drivers safer on the road. And before the haters start, this is not to criticise smokers at all, that's not the aim of this post. I am purely here to address an issue that I feel is important. 

I think it is ridiculous that there is a specific rule in place for driving whilst using a mobile phone, and not for smoking or eating/drinking behind the wheel. The RAC website says that smoking, eating or drinking whilst driving are not offences in themselves. However, you can be prosecuted if it leads to careless driving. What?! Why let it get to the point of careless driving? Eliminate the factors before the danger occurs. To me any of these things are just as dangerous as using your mobile phone. Anything that causes you to take your attention off the road or your hands off of the wheel for a long period of time should be an offence. I think that all drivers should have both hands on the wheel at all times, unless they are changing gear. Surely that makes sense doesn't it? Obviously a driver is going to have much more control of their vehicle with two hands on the wheel as opposed to one. 

Not only is it dangerous once it is in your hand, but so is everything that comes before. In order to get the cigarette in your mouth, you have to take it from a packet and light it. To enable you to actually eat the food, you need to unwrap it. And to consume your drink, you have to unscrew the bottle lid. Now getting all of these things from the packaging to your mouth would require you to look down at some point, right? Therefore, taking your eyes off the road and one hand off the wheel! It only takes a split second to drift across into the other lane and cause a collision that could put somebody's life at risk. 

Also, if the danger isn't enough, what do people do with their cigarette butts when they're finished? Yes, throw it out of the window. Of course you can't put a cigarette out in the car, so people just dispose of them in the only other possible way. Littering is also something that I feel very strongly about, but I'll save that for another day.

Whether you are a smoker or not, or eat whilst driving, it is dangerous! Get out 5/10 minutes earlier and have a snack before you hit the road or smoke before you set off, to avoid having to during your commute. And if you're on a long journey, allow yourself more time to take regular stops for these kind of breaks. Just think about how you would feel if you seriously injured, or worst case scenario, killed someone just because you couldn't wait. It's not worth the risk.

What are your thoughts on this? I'd love to hear what other people think. This is a little bit different to my normal posts, but I had to get my thoughts out into the open. Head over to my social media, which will be linked below as always, so that you never miss a new post.

Catch you next time!

Disclaimer: Obviously I wasn't actually driving in any of these pictures. The car is stationary and off the road.

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