Wearing wrist jewellery and trinkets could potential pose a driving risk severe enough to endanger your life.

According to motoring expert Dominic Wyatt: “Any delay in action or hindrance in movement can escalate into a dangerous situation on the road.”

While dressing up can be a form of self-expression, it is important to consider the potential risks and bracelets, a popular accessory, can become a hazard when they interfere with driving .

Reason 1: Limited Mobility

A chunky or tight bracelet can significantly restrict wrist movement, which is essential for steering a vehicle. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 2 500 deaths in 2018 due to delayed driver reactions.

Reason 2: Distractions

Bracelets, especially those that are flashy or make noise, can distract drivers. Forbes reported distracted driving results in at least 3 000 deaths each year.

Reason 3: Bracelet Snags

The chains, charms and other parts of a bracelet can get caught in the steering wheel, gear lever or other car components, impeding driving and potentially causing accidents. 

Reason 4: Allergic Reactions

Many bracelets are made of materials that can cause skin irritation or allergies, leading to discomfort and distraction while driving. A study from ScienceDirect found distractions related to discomfort were involved in approximately 26% of all car accidents.

Reason 5: Emotional Impact

The emotional response to losing a beloved bracelet or misplacing it while driving can lead to distracted and emotionally charged driving. 

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Yes, wearing a watch, especially a smartwatch, while driving can indeed be dangerous. Here are some reasons:

1.     Distractions:

Smartwatches, like smartphones, can receive notifications that might distract the driver. Even if the driver is not holding their phone, the notifications that appear on the smartwatch can still cause distractions.

2.     Impaired Mobility:

Depending on the size and design of the watch, it could potentially limit wrist movement, which is essential for steering a vehicle.

3.     Interactions:

Interacting with a smartwatch while driving, such as responding to messages or updating social media, can divert the driver’s attention from the road.

4.     Legal Consequences:

Drivers can face charges for distracted driving if they are seen interacting with their smartwatch while driving.

It is always best to minimize distractions and stay focused on the road while driving. Safety should always be the priority.

Colin Windell


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