People are more distracted today than ever – especially while driving. Nearly everyone has a phone in their pocket, children and animals can make sudden commotions, newer cars are equipped with TVs, Bluetooth and games, and fast food are often just a street away. All of this combined can make a dangerous concoction that just waiting to cause an auto accident.
Distracted driving is the act of being preoccupied with something other than the road, leading to unsafe driving. Phones, food and passengers are leading causes of distracted driving accidents. Knowing how to prevent yourself from being distracted can help reduce vehicle collisions.
Here’s what you should know:
Put away your electronics
If you look around long enough, you can probably spot everyone holding a phone at some point. There’s practically a pandemic of phone users, and most of these people wouldn’t consider leaving them for even a second – the same can be said for drivers. Many drivers have their phones somewhere near them, and some even call and text while driving.
Phones are extremely distracting while driving. That’s why it’s recommended to distance yourself from them when you can. Putting your phone in your glovebox, backseat or bag could calm that itch to check your phone on the road.
Eat in the safety of a stationary car
Fast food is called fast because it’s made instantaneously, not because you can eat it going fifty miles an hour. You may have to look away from the road to unwrap a burger – your actions could raise the chance of causing an accident.
You may have done everything you can to reduce distracted driving, yet, other drivers may not, causing you to be injured in an auto accident – you may need to reach out to legal counsel to recover your losses.