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Danger Behind the Wheel Driving is a privilege given to those who demonstrate the ability to operate a vehicle safely and maturely This freedom however is sometimes taken for granted and abused When abused tragic mistakes can occur that put other drivers in danger Accidents are primarily caused by distractions to the driver The components of these events occurring include electronic and communication devices passengers and drivers of other vehicles and the consumption of food and illegal beverages There are many new luxuries and technologies that aid us in our life today These however are not always useful while driving Electronic and communication devices being some of these impair awareness inside the vehicle One such device is the cell phone Many drivers today are engaged in conversation on their phones crippling them from making quick decisions This distraction causes many accidents and loss of life After the rise of such catastrophes phone companies are now offering some alternatives that enable drivers to operate their vehicle with both hands Speakerphones headsets and Onstar are some examples of these alternatives The radio also affects drivers concentration by distracting their eyes from the road While reaching for a CD the drivers eyes are averted from the highway to the CD player In that split second a obstacle can appear and the driver will not be attentive to make a quick decision Driver controlled steering wheels and memory buttons reduce this risk greatly if equipped In the event that these are not equipped waiting till the vehicle is completely stopped is the safest method of changing the radio Another electronic distraction is video players Video players divert the drivers attention from the highway ensuring a very high rate of collision and severe injury In doing this creates a high percentage risk for an accident To prevent this the video player should be placed out of sight and sound to the driver who must have his total
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