How to Avoid Distracted Driving
Every year, countless people are injured – or killed – in accidents involving distracted drivers.
These days, that term typically calls up the image of someone texting while driving, but as any experienced motorists can tell you, there are plenty of things that can distract us behind the wheel:
- GPS devices
- Adjusting the radio
- Eating and drinking
It doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve seen far too many clients who suffered life-altering injuries as a result of someone who got distracted while driving.
That’s why we want to share these tips to help you stay alert and focused when you’re out on the road.
Don’t eat and drive
According to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your chances of crashing increase by 80 percent if you eat or drink while driving. And 65 percent of near-miss accidents are caused by drivers who decided to chow down while on the road.
If you absolutely must eat something in your car, try to go for a smaller, bite-sized snack rather than trying to finish a big sandwich while out on the highway.
Don’t get dressed and drive
This might sound silly, but we’re sure you’ve seen people applying make-up at traffic lights or trying to shave while behind the wheel. These are things best done at home.
Check your mirrors
Are you the only person using your car, or do you share it with your significant other? If it’s the latter situation, make sure they haven’t adjusted the mirrors before you get back behind the wheel.
Take care with your GPS
A GPS unit in your car requires the same sort of visual and manual attention you’d need to give a cellphone. If you know that you’ll need the GPS to guide you to your destination, program the address in before you leave instead of trying to get directions en route.
Secure your loose items
Have you ever driven home from the grocery store with a few loose oranges rolling around on your back seat? It’s distracting, isn’t it? Keep your loose items secure, either in the glove box or trunk, before you hit the road.
And even if you do all these things, there’s still your phone to contend with. If it’s become too much to resist, there are apps you can use to prevent you from using your phone in the car:
- Drive Mode – Automatically puts your phone on speaker when you’re behind the wheel
- LifeSaver – This app blocks call and texts when your car is in motion. Popular with both parents of teen drivers and companies with large vehicle fleets.
- TextLimit – This app prevents you from texting once your car hits a certain speed.
Of course, you could follow all these tips and still become a victim of a distracted driving accident…because of another driver.
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If you’ve been hurt in this kind of crash, The King Firm can help. We’ve spent years fighting for clients who’ve become the victims of other people’s negligence and can make sure you get justice and compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to learn more.