The coronavirus has changed the lives of people around the world. Surprisingly, recent studies have shown that it has even impacted the ability to safely drive. Now that states attempt to reopen and people return to work, the once empty roadways are beginning to fill with drivers, both young and old, who now lack the practice and focus needed to operate their vehicles safely.
A recent survey found that one out of every five drivers who have returned to the road say that their driving skills have significantly declined. Drivers may need to readjust to the rules of the road. With the lack of traffic on the highways, those that did drive during the pandemic tended to speed above the limit. Also, after being quarantined for months, jumping in the car and going 40 mph could certainly feel shocking.
Another skill that has declined for some drivers is the sense of depth, meaning how a person interacts with his or her surroundings. When at home, a person’s eyes are normally fixed on things close by, such as a television or laptop. While driving, a person’s eyes need to be focused on objects that are close and far away. This has caused drivers to miss red lights, stop signs, or other events that are designed for the driver to slow and stop. Police departments across the country have noted an uptick in one-person car accidents, as drivers seem to lose attention and hit curbs or parked cars.
After driving for years, it may seem second nature when getting behind the wheel. However, it is important to practice driving in order to drive safely. This is especially true for younger drivers who lack driving experience.
Unfortunately, businesses are now opening during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, which occurs during the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During the 100 Deadliest Days, there is a peak in fatal car crashes involving young drivers. Any drivers traveling during the summer should be extremely cautious while behind the wheel.
Parents will have to take on more responsibility in helping their teen drivers. Parents must take the extra time to go over the rules of the road and instill safe driving habits. Also, parents should also practice safe driving at all times. They could even have serious talks about the dangers that they are facing, particularly because of the coronavirus and why the road is extra hazardous during this time.
Many people may feel that their driving skills have declined during the pandemic. When entering the roadways, it is important to be extra cautious. If a car accident does occur, it is important to seek legal counsel right away in order to hold responsible parties accountable and pursue all entitled compensation.
During this time, many people may be driving recklessly. If you were in a car accident, contact one of our West Chester car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. right away. Call us at 610-565-3701 or complete our online form for a free consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve the communities of Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.
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