Fiddling with the radio and the CD player. Eating and drinking. Talking on a cellphone or texting.
These are all examples of distracted driving.
We’ve all been guilty of it.
It’s common to see a person eating a breakfast sandwich on the way to work or people talking on their cellphones during their commutes.
In this day and age when adults are more time-starved than ever, we seem to accept these actions as the norm, even if they put motorists at risk or are illegal, such as texting while driving.
It’s a wonder everyone doesn’t get into accidents with all the ways to become distracted.
Let a recent incident serve as a wake-up call for everyone, though.
A family of four was traveling in an SUV along State Road 11 on Feb. 22 when an oncoming car was in the wrong lane and heading toward the family near the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds.
The driver of the SUV swerved to avoid the oncoming car, but the car sideswiped the SUV and sent it spinning and then flipping into a culvert. The SUV came to rest upside down.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
This was an entirely avoidable accident. The reason the oncoming car was in the wrong lane was because the driver became distracted trying to fix the lid on a drink.
Everyone should use this as a teaching and learning moment, from teenagers who are new drivers to parents transporting infants in the back seat to the person drinking coffee on the way to work.
While many of us are guilty of distracted driving, we don’t have to be.