(Series: 10 Dangerous Practices to Avoid While Driving)
You are driving down the road and your stomach grumbles. “I’ve got a granola bar in my backpack in the back seat.” You reach back to a pack that is just barely at the tip of your fingers. If you just turn and reach back a little farther…
That’s bad news. Several things are happening.
- Your mind is distracted from driving and what is happening on the road.
- Turning your body to reach something in the back seat often causes a driver to slightly turn the wheel and drift into another lane.
- Looking down to get something on the floor takes your eyes away from the road.
The farther out of reach something is, and the more that a person strains to reach it, the greater the risk of a crash.
Choose to drive safely. Be patient. Wait until it is safe to pull off the road to retrieve your items.