How does phone use affect driving safety?

We all know that we should not use our phones when driving. But not everybody understands exactly how mobile phone use affects our ability to drive safely. It is for this reason that many choose to ignore the rules in place that ban phone use behind the wheel.

If you regularly use your phone behind the wheel or if you have recently been accused of distracted driving, you must gain a full understanding of how phone use behind the wheel affects safety. By doing so, you will be able to act with more competence when it comes to defending yourself against an accusation of distracted driving or making an accusation against another driver.

It can limit your physical ability to drive

When you are holding a phone, either to your ear, to text or to take photos, it means that at least one hand is being dedicated to using your phone instead of operating the car. This means that in a situation in which you need to act quickly, holding a phone can affect your ability to physically react, and as a result, it can put you in a dangerous situation.

It can lead to cognitive and visual distractions

Many people who recognize the physical limitations of holding a phone put their phone into the hands-free mode. While this is legal in many situations, it does still pose cognitive distractions, and often visual distractions, too. This is because the act of talking on the phone can lead you to not fully concentrate on the task of driving safely. Additionally, many people now choose to watch videos or use navigation systems while the phone is in a hands-free position, which can potentially be very distracting and dangerous.

It is important to note that phone use before a collision does not mean that you are automatically responsible for the causation of a crash. For example, if you were talking on the phone before you were rear-ended by a drunk driver, it is possible that your phone use had nothing to do with the occurrence of the collision.

If you have recently been involved in a car crash, you should take swift action to make sure that the at-fault party is held responsible for their actions.

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