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5 Steps to Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents

Cranwell & Moore P.L.C. Feb. 14, 2023

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If you enjoy driving yourself to work, school, or activities, it’s important to focus on being a safe driver. It’s no secret that each year, adults across the country are involved in car accidents. While many vehicle collisions are minor, some of these accidents can be fatal. In fact, there are more than six million car accidents each year in the United States. Many times, car accidents are caused when a driver is distracted. Sometimes, distractions are a natural part of driving; however, there are several steps you can take to minimize distractions while you’re on the road. When you’re able to give driving your full attention, you’ll be less likely to be involved in an accident. Whether you’re a new or experienced driver, make sure you take the time to reduce your distractions before jumping behind the wheel. Here’s how.

1. Turn Your Phone Off.

If you’ll be tempted to text and drive, simply turn your phone off before you start driving. You can also put your phone in “airplane mode” as an alternative to shutting it off. This will prevent you from unnecessary distractions when you’re behind the wheel.

2. Utilize Bluetooth.

If you cannot turn off your phone due to business or personal reasons, consider utilizing Bluetooth capabilities while you’re driving. This will enable you to speak with a business associate or family member using hands-free technology, so you’ll still be able to have your hands on the wheel.

3. Know Your Limits.

Sometimes, carpooling or driving with other people can be a frustrating experience. It’s important to remember that not all distractions are digital or technology-based. In fact, sometimes distractions can come from other people. If driving with passengers is too challenging, don’t be afraid to set limits for yourself. For example, driving solo or with just one or two passengers is a great way to reduce distractions.

4. Remind Your Friends.

Let your friends know that you don’t answer the phone or text while driving. This can help avoid any frustration should someone message you while you’re behind the wheel. You can also set auto-response messages so that your phone will text back other people when you’re driving. For example, if someone texts you while you’re behind the wheel, you can set an auto-response message to say something like, “I’m driving right now. I will respond later.”

5. Skip Eating While on The Road.

Avoid eating while you’re driving. Eating, dropping, or spilling food can be incredibly distracting and frustrating. Most importantly, it can draw your eyes from the road. Consider eating inside restaurants or stopping at a rest area to eat instead of eating while you drive.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the help you need. Your attorney will review your case and discuss your options with you.