Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. While many people think of distracted driving as being on the phone while driving, distracted driving can take many forms. From watching a video (even while in traffic) to children in the back seat, various responsibilities and activities can take our attention off the road. However, that split second that we are distracted by passengers or other activities can have dire consequences. This month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month so we’ve compiled a list of six tips to help you keep your eyes on the road for your safety and the safety of others.
6 Tips to Keep Yourself Focused on the Road
Accidents, by their nature, are unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean drivers can’t be proactive about avoiding and preventing them. By committing yourself to avoid distraction while driving, you can have that split second back to make the necessary maneuver to avoid an accident. Help keep yourself, passengers, and others on the road safe by practicing these six tips.
1. Pull Over If There Is Something You Need to Do
It may just take a second to reach into your bag to look for something, but seconds can be worth lifetimes on the road. If there is something you need to do, whether it’s looking for something or picking up a call, it’s safer to pull to the side and complete your task before proceeding.
2. Inform Others That You’ll Be Driving
Loved ones will not want to distract you while you’re driving because they likely understand the risk of distracted driving. If you let them know before you start driving that you’ll be behind the wheel for a certain amount of time, that can help them know not to text or call during that time.
3. Silence Your Phone
Many of us like to feel connected at all times through our phones. However, those constant phone notifications can distract you even if you aren’t looking at them. By silencing your phone, you can better focus on the road.
4. Ask Passengers for Help
If there’s a passenger next to you and you need to skip a song, look at the GPS, or send a text, they can do the tasks for you. This way, the task gets completed, but your focus and attention remain on the road in front of you.
5. Set Rules for Your Children
If you find your children can often be a distraction on the road, teaching them to wait until you’re parked before asking for something or telling you something can significantly improve your focus. Kids might not always understand they’re distracting you, but they’ll eventually get it with time and consistency. If they begin to distract you while driving, pull over and address the issue before getting back on the road.
6. Save Important Discussions for Later
Important conversations can be a huge distraction for drivers. You want to have that important conversation and listen carefully to the other person, but the mind cannot properly focus on driving and giving full attention to the conversation. Rather than do both things with limited attention, ask the other person to wait until the destination or until you’re parked before having your conversation.
Contact Mintz Law Firm for an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
Even when we take the most care to avoid accidents, sometimes other drivers make them impossible to avoid. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a reckless or thoughtless driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
At Mintz Law Firm, we can help assess your case to determine your legal options for recovering compensation. Our personal injury lawyers can help you collect the necessary evidence and build a strong claim so you can receive full and fair compensation for your injury and other losses.