Distracted driving is a major cause for many car accidents. Oftentimes we don’t realize we’re distracted until it’s too late, causing accidents that can seriously injure yourself or other unsuspecting drivers. Here are five helpful tips to avoid distracted driving:
Keep the cell phone usage at a minimum
It can be tempting to answer a phone call or reply to that quick text message while driving, but taking your eyes off the road for even a second can cause a serious accident. Even hands-free devices can still cause drivers to not hear or see important cues in order to avoid an accident. When driving, cell phone usage should be limited to emergency situations and texting while driving should be avoided altogether.
A government study showed that 37 percent of U.S. drivers have fallen asleep or dozed off behind the wheel at least once in their lives. Sleep-deprived driving can impair the brain as much as alcohol can and increases the risk of a crash by nearly four times. If you’re feeling especially tired while driving, pull over and get some rest instead of trying to get home faster.
Leave The Multi-Tasking Behind
It’s easy to think you can get a number of things while driving. During a longer commute to work, some drivers use the time to apply some last-minute makeup or search for good music. Every second you spend multi-tasking is a second you spend not focusing on the road. Before putting your car in drive, get settled and make sure you’re ready for a commute free of distractions and hiccups.
Limit The Number of Passengers
In some states, new teen drivers are prohibited from having passengers in their car during the first few months of driving. Packing your car to full capacity can result in a number of things happening all at once, making it difficult to keep your eyes and focus on the road and drivers around you. The less passengers you have, the less distractions there are.
Food is Enjoyed Best at Home
Life can get hectic and busy, making it easy to simply grab a bite to eat on your way to work or way home from work. While it may seem like a time-saver, eating while driving can get dangerous very quickly once a hot beverage spills on your lap. Make time to eat at home before you leave in the morning. If you have to grab something on your way out, park your car in the parking lot and finish your meal before continuing your commute.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident and need a Humble car accident attorney, call Grossman Law Firm, P.C. today at (844) 203-2166 to speak to a dedicated member of our legal team.