04 Aug 3 Ways To Avoid Distracted Driving
While drunk driving is a crime that often gets a lot of attention, distracted driving is just as dangerous and is likely becoming even more common. There are laws being put into place to penalize distracted drivers for their behaviors, but in many cases, tragedies have to occur before these legislative measures are ever passed. We don’t always have control over what others do on the road, but by being aware and by avoiding distracted driving behaviors ourselves, we are more likely to avoid devastating car crashes. Below are just a few ways you can make a habit of cutting out these behaviors and promoting the safety of others while behind the wheel.
- Put your cell phone away
Ah, the cell phone. These days, we feel like we can’t live without it. But the reality is that you can — and should — put your cell phone away for the duration of your trip. At any moment in the U.S., approximately 660,000 drivers use cell phones or electronic devices while driving. But if you look at the screen or try to type while driving, you’re putting everyone in your car and on the road in danger. Not only is it probably illegal in your area but it’s a totally avoidable situation. No text message is that important that it needs to be answered right then and there. Don’t call, text, or use your phone for anything else while you drive.
- Limit your passengers
No one says that you have to play chauffeur all the time. You aren’t running a taxi service, so don’t make it a habit of carrying around as many passengers as your vehicle will allow. This applies especially to teenagers, who are not only less experienced drivers but are more prone to unsafe behaviors on the road. Most states actually prohibit this practice during the early months of getting their license, but even if they’ve had a year or two of driving experience, it’s still not a good idea to drive with three or four passengers. The more people in a vehicle, the more distractions there are bound to be. Even older drivers would do well to limit the number of passengers in the car.
- Don’t be afraid to pull over
Your car is not the place to multitask. You should devote your energy and focus to the lone task at hand. If you need to eat, feel drowsy, or have to make an urgent call, don’t feel like you can’t pull over to take care of what you need. We all lead busy lives and are often running from one thing to the next. But ultimately, being a little late is much better than being involved in an accident that could result in serious injury. If you want to avoid filing a personal injury claim (or having one filed against you!), you should avoid engaging in these activities while you’re trying to navigate to your destination.
Everyone makes mistakes while on the road, but distracted driving doesn’t have to be one of them. By avoiding these behaviors whenever possible, you’ll be in a much better position to keep yourself, your passengers, and other drivers safe from harm. And if you’ve been hurt in a distracted driving accident, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer in your area.