Multitasking while driving

Annabelle Uwaemenyi

It’s Monday morning around 8:30 a.m. You’re in your car rushing to your Chem class to take your 9 a.m. exam.

You’re running late when you realize you didn’t spend enough time preparing for your test like you should’ve. What do you do?

While driving, you reach for your notes in your bag, place them on the steering wheel and begin reading them.

The scenario mentioned above is an example of multitasking. This is something people do everyday, but we fail to realize how dangerous it is.

I would like drivers to stop multitasking while driving.

Here are more scenarios of a driver doing two things at once while behind the wheel: Adjusting your rearview mirrors after you started driving, fastening your seat belt after the car is in motion, brushing or styling your hair, talking or texting, eating fast food, reading or studying and searching through the glove compartment.

All of the activities listed above should be performed before your car’s started or after your car is parked. Don’t engage in multiple activities when your car is on the road.

It is best to avoid multitasking while driving for several reasons. One reason is doing two actions at one time distracts the driver. As the driver, you’re not only responsible for your life but for the life of pedestrians.

And if you have passengers in your car, you’re responsible for their lives, too. Doing many things at once shifts your focus from your priority: The road.

It’s best to keep your eyes focused on the road only.

A second reason multitasking when driving is bad is because it can be detrimental for people’s lives. When you think about the above, this is true.

Here’s another scenario: You’re driving and looking for a pack of gum in your glove compartment, you pay more attention to the compartment than the road. You fail to notice the traffic light turn from yellow to red and you keep driving. Instantly, there’s an accident and you’re at fault. People are hurt, but there are no severe injuries.

Your car, along with two others, are damaged.

The moral of the example is simple: Avoid driving and doing other activities at the same time.

I understand we’re human and we have busy lives, but that doesn’t justify multitasking when you drive.

Advice my mom gave me when I first started driving was, “Remember the road doesn’t only belong to you, but everyone.”

I still apply her message to my life every time I drive and am on the road.

If we learn to do things before getting in our cars or after we leave them, the road will be a safer place for everyone to roam.

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