3 Things Drivers Can do To Avoid Distracted Driving
How To Stop Distracted Driving Behaviors
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,142 people in 2019. Since distracted driving accidents are preventable, these lives could have been saved if drivers didn’t participate in distracted driving behaviors. The good news is that we can all do our part to prevent distracted driving accidents. Here are three tips.
- Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Carsurance.net reports that taking your eyes off the road for a minimum of 5 seconds can be extremely dangerous. While that may seem like a very short time, keeping your eyes on your phone and not on the road is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. If a car in front of you suddenly stops short, that could mean a severe rear-end collision.
Keeping your cell phone out of reach or turning it off entirely while driving can prevent a distracted driving accident. If you must read a text or make a phone call, pull over to a safe spot off the road first before reading and responding.
- Don’t Eat While Driving
Everyone is busy, and when there’s too much to do with so little time in the day, we all try to cut corners to save time. However, eating while driving is a severe distraction. Eating while driving means that you have one less hand to make quick driving maneuvers to avoid an accident. Spilling a drink or dropping food are also significant distractions and can cause a serious accident.
- Don’t Use Driving Time for Multitasking
Taking care of business calls, putting on makeup, searching for music, and plugging in GPS coordinates are all distractions. Before getting behind the wheel, settle work calls, program your favorite station, and set your destination. Getting all your tasks settled before driving can save lives.
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When drivers make the conscious decision to text or talk on the phone while driving, careless behavior can lead to a severe accident. Not only can a car crash cause victims to sustain a catastrophic injury, but it can also lead to a large number of medical bills.
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