As a resident of Fort Walton Beach, you undoubtedly understand why tourists come to your area on vacation. The ocean, the sand, local attractions and beautiful views make a wonderful place to visit or, in your case, live permanently. Of course, you likely also understand that these positive points can also act as distractions for tourists driving around town.
While sightseeing is certainly an enjoyable part of any vacation, if drivers do not keep their attention on the road, they could easily end up causing an accident that leaves locals like you or other tourists with serious injuries. However, you may want to remain aware of other distractions that could cause you or other drivers to lose focus as well.
Risks for everyone
Because you live locally, you likely do not feel distracted by the sights and sounds of your area. Overall, you may consider yourself a safe driver. While these thoughts may ring relatively true, you may want to remember that everyone faces the chance of becoming distracted behind the wheel. Some less commonly considered distractions include the following:
- Pets in the car: Living near the beach may mean you have a dog that travels with you for fun outings. However, if you do not keep your pet properly restrained, your companion could become a major distraction.
- Eating while driving: People commonly roll up to a drive-thru window in order to grab some food while on the road. While seemingly convenient, eating while driving is a distraction that increases the chances of an accident by 80 percent.
- Hands-free tech: Most individuals know that using a cellphone while driving presents a major danger. Despite advances in hands-free technology, using voice commands to make calls or send texts remains a substantial distraction.
- Loud music: Having the windows down and music blaring is often an image depicted as people having a good time. You may want to remember, though, that loud music can affect the manner in which a person drives.
If you want to remain a safe driver, you may want to refrain from shaking your head at tourists slowing down traffic due to sightseeing, and keep your eyes and mind on the road by avoiding these and other distractions.
Dealing with an accident
Regrettably, even if you do your best to stay focused, other drivers may not. You could find yourself in an accident caused by a tourist or another local who simply did not pay enough attention to the road. After suffering serious injuries, it may benefit you to consider your legal options for seeking compensation.