It's so easy to do. You get a call on your phone and you look away from the road to check the number. Maybe you drop a map and reach behind a seat to retrieve it. Perhaps you use your rear-view mirror to apply some last minute makeup or style your hair. As a general rule, anytime your full attention is diverted from driving on the road, you are considered a distracted driver. According to director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, people still do all of those things and much worse. Despite laws against texting and talking on phones, people still engage in all manner of distractions when behind the wheel.
A sheriff in Dodge County, Wisconsin, says that a person's chances of being involved in a serious crash go up four times when they use handheld devices. Even more sobering are the statistics she offered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to those numbers, 3,328 people perished in 2012 as a result of distracted driving and a whopping 421,000 more were injured. Those grim numbers are likely to keep going up unless we do something to reverse that trend. Here are a few tips to remain focused when you're on the road: