Ways You Can Minimize Distracted Driving
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Even the most careful driver has probably engaged in one form of distracted driving. Although we usually categorize distracted driving as when someone’s talking on the phone or texting, the truth is that distracted driving can come in many forms. Essentially, anything that takes your attention off the road might be distracted driving. Even a simple act of changing the radio station or looking at a billboard on the highway for too long can technically be distracted driving.
While there may not be a way to completely avoid distracted driving, there are some strategies that can help you minimize distracted driving.
- Put the Phone Away
Talking or texting on your phone should always be a no. Today many modern cars are outfitted with hands-free devices that allow you to talk without using your handheld device. However, even these devices can keep your eyes off the road especially if you’re in an area with a lot of traffic. For best results, avoid talking on the phone. If you do need to make or take a call, consider pulling over.
- Make Car Adjustments Before Driving
Anything from turning on the AC, adjusting your mirrors, adjusting your seat, GPS, etc., should all be done before you start driving.
- Never Eat While Driving
Just about everyone has gotten into a situation where they’re late for work or some other event and so they decide to grab a quick bite to eat while driving. After all, with the invention of drive-thrus, being able to eat while on the road is easier than ever before. However, eating while driving can result in a nasty car accident. Try to prepare your food before leaving or if you do need to grab a bite to eat while out on the open road, take a few minutes to eat in the parking lot.
- Make Sure You’re in the Right State of Mind
Not being in the right state of mind can also be a form of distracted driving. Besides driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs, you should also never drive if you’re feeling fatigued or tired. Additionally, if your mind is drifting elsewhere or you’re feeling emotional distress you should also not drive. For example, if you just had a fight with your spouse and the episode has left you feeling angry, then it might not be a good idea to jump behind the wheel.
- Secure Children and Pets
Make sure your children and pets are safely secured before you start driving. If they do require attention then pull off to the side of the road or into a parking lot.
- Have Your Passengers Help
If you have passengers, have them help you limit distractions. They can help you with directions, changing the radio station, certain car settings, etc. If you have been driving for a while, they might also be able to take over.
These are some ways you can minimize distracted driving. However, if you do find yourself experiencing a car accident you’ll want help from a car accident lawyer. Our friends at Hickey & Turim, SC can help.
Posted on May 1, 2022 @ 3:46 am