Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving Accidents
These days, many of us are multi-taskers and pride ourselves on being able to do several things simultaneously. However, trying to multi-task while driving is dangerous and puts your life and the lives of others at risk. While behind the wheel, driving should be the only task you are focused on.
Here are some tips to help you avoid driving while distracted that you should always keep in mind:
- Never use your cell phone unless it is an emergency: Driving while using a cell phone is becoming a major problem on the roadways, even when one uses a hands-free device. If you absolutely have to make a phone call or answer a text, pull over safely to the right shoulder or in a parking lot.
- If you are feeling drowsy, do not continue driving: Feeling tired might not seem like a big deal, but fatigued driving is actually quite dangerous and responsible for thousands of accidents every year. In fact, drowsiness increases the risk of crashes by nearly four times. Pull over at a rest stop and take a nap before you resume driving.
- Limit the number passengers who drive as well as their activity: This is especially true for teens who are more easily distracted by fellow teen passengers. If you have a teen driver in your household, do not let them drive with other teen passengers for at least the first few months. They lack the reflexes of seasoned drivers. That said, you should minimize your own interactions with passengers since this can still be distracting and cause an accident.
- Do not eat while driving: We are all busy, but that does not give anyone an excuse to eat a meal while driving. If you spill food or hot coffee on your lap, this is going to be a massive distraction, easily resulting in a collision.
- Multi-task outside of your vehicle: You might think you are too busy to take care of business outside of your car, but this is actually the one place where you are busiest. Now is not the time to call your friends or send a text. No matter how busy your schedule is, nothing you want to attempt to do while driving is worth dying for. Make that call when you are brewing coffee in the morning, or before you step into your vehicle.
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