It's Hard to Focus on the Road When Your Head's in the Clouds

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Everyone knows that paying attention to the road is the first rule of operating a vehicle. But with so much on our minds and so much of the driving process governed by muscle memory, it's all too easy to zone out and engage our inner autopilot.

Why daydreaming while driving is a dangerous distraction Neblett, Beard and ArsenaultOne second you're focused on the task at hand and the next, you're wondering if you should pick up dinner from that new restaurant downtown (even though the service wasn't that great last time) or what the actress from "Xena: Warrior Princess" is doing these days.

Technology hasn't made distracted driving much safer. iPhone and Apple Carplay users are more than twice as likely than Android users to video-chat, use Instagram, stream video, and take photos and videos while driving.

Though researchers say daydreaming while driving likely can't be completely eliminated, it can be minimized. Stay focused and reduce your risk of causing a distracted driving crash by:

  • Frequently changing your gaze. When you stare, your peripheral vision narrows and your mind starts to wander—neither of which is ideal while driving.
  • Playing verbal road games with passengers. Games like “I Spy,” which require you to continually scan your surroundings, can help you stay alert and focused on the road. They also engage passengers, who often serve as extra sets of eyes and point out hazards.
  • Actively watching for situations that may require your action. Scanning the road ahead and planning your response to potential hazards can help keep your perception skills sharp.
  • Varying your driving routes. Our minds are more prone to wander when our travel routes are repetitive. Taking different ways to various destinations can help you stay more focused on the road.

Hurt by a Daydreaming Driver? We Can Help.

If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced car accident injury attorneys of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can help you build a strong case for financial recovery. Contact us online or call our Alexandria office directly at 318.588.6303 today to schedule your free consultation.


Wesley J. Gralapp
With over 25 years of experience, Attorney Wesley Gralapp helps personal injury victims throughout Louisiana.
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