Changing the radio whilst driving may not seem like a big deal, but it’s actually incredibly dangerous. There are numerous seemingly innocuous thing you can do when behind the wheel that can all too easily lead to a road traffic accident. Changing the radio whilst driving is undoubtedly one of them.
What are the main dangers of changing the radio whilst driving?
Quite simply, changing the radio whilst driving is distracting. It means that, however momentarily, your eyes are no longer on the road. In turn, this means you may either miss a potential hazard altogether or fail to see it in time to avoid an accident on the road.
As well as your eyes being off the road, changing the radio whilst driving also takes a hand off the steering wheel. Inevitably, this causes you to lose an element of control over your vehicle. It may only be a little, but a little is often all it takes.
Each and every time you set out on the road, you are dependent on both yourself and other road users for your safety. You can follow every precaution and law in the world, but if someone else is driving recklessly, a car crash is likely.
How can I avoid accidents on the road when changing the radio whilst driving?
The simple answer to the above question is to simply not change the radio whilst driving. Ideally, you will have tuned in the station you want before you’ve even set off. If not, it’s always best to try and stop the car before making any further adjustments. Or have a passenger make the changes for you.
Of course, this isn’t always a realistic proposition. So, if you are driving and feel the need to change the radio, follow these steps:
- Only in slow or non-moving traffic
- Glance briefly at the radio before moving your hand so you know where to go
- Keep your eyes on the road
- Be prepared to move both hands back to the wheel at any moment
As mentioned above, safety on the road is everyone’s responsibility. If you’re injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s worth thinking about a road accident compensation claim.
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Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice