Although summer is winding down, at least for the next couple of weeks, New Orleans, Louisiana, residents need to be aware that what can rightly be called distracted driving is still in full swing and will be until around Labor Day.
In this respect, motorcyclists who are still savoring the warm weather of summertime should be particularly watchful for distracted drivers, as an inattentive driver can easily cause a severe motorcycle accident, even if they only take their eyes off of the road for a second or two.
The phenomenon of a distracted driving season was described in a recent study. That study concluded that incidents of distracted driving increased in frequency by about 10 percent over the rest of the year.
On a bit more disturbing note, the study also suggested that, typically, 40 percent of those who are driving during the summer months of June, July, or August are doing so distracted for at least 15 minutes per every hour they drive.
Experts who interpreted the results suggested two possible causes for this trend. For one, during the summer months, including at least the first part of August, students are out of college and high school. This means younger drivers, who might not be as mindful of the hazards distracted driving presents, are out and about on the roads with greater frequency.
Moreover, during the summer, vacationers and others tend to travel to places that they do not ordinarily go and via routes that may not be familiar to them. Perhaps because they are looking for directions or information, these people have a tendency to engage in texting and driving or other distracted behaviors.