Recent statistics have shown that distracted driving is quickly becoming more deadly than drunk driving. From eating in the car to talking or texting on a cell phone, distracted driving is a definite concern on the road. While you cannot control other drives, you can limit how distracted you are behind the wheel, which will also limit the chances you cause an accident.
Cell phones are for Emergencies Only
While driving, your cell phone should be put in your purse or pocket and you should not use or access it at all while driving. If you must, pull off to the side of the road before taking out your phone and only do so for emergencies.
If you have a hands-free or Bluetooth system, you should still only use those for emergencies. Research has shown that you may still be distracted even if both hands are on the wheel.
Never Drive Drowsy
Drowsy driving is distracted driving. Did you know that while you are drowsy, you increase your risk for an accident by over four times? Nodding off at the wheel even for a few seconds is all it takes to veer off the road or hit someone else. So, pull over and get some rest rather than risk driving home.
Limit Activity Inside the Vehicle
Try to limit the distractions inside your vehicle, which means limiting how many people are in the car at once, radio playing, and background noise. These are all distractions that can keep you from fully focusing on the road ahead. For teen drivers in the house, do not let them have friends in the car for at least six months after getting their license.
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Don’t Eat and Drive
All too often you will see someone behind the wheel eating a meal while driving. Driving and eating don’t mix. Regardless of how busy you are, you can stop to finish eating before you start driving. Eating can easily distract you because you are focusing on the food – not the road.
Don’t Multi-Task While Driving
It doesn’t matter how busy you are, there is no reason to multi-task behind the wheel. There is enough to focus on while driving, you don’t need to start scheduling appointments, sending text messages or checking your schedule for your next meeting. Everything else can wait until you pull over.
Injured by a Distracted Driver? Call a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, then you may be entitled to a settlement for your injuries and losses. Schedule a free consultation with the attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA today. We will evaluate your case and we can tell you right away if you have a valid claim.