Distracted driving occurs when drivers take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or minds off driving. People who become distracted while driving have a higher chance of causing a distraction.
You can help reduce car accidents by understanding how you can stop distracted driving. Here’s what you should know:
Turn off your phone
Your phone will likely be the biggest distraction while driving. Any time your phone chimes from a call or text, not only could your hand reach for your phone but your mind is drawn away from driving. If you’re planning on taking your phone with you in your car, it may help to turn it off.
Put your phone out of reach
If you’re expecting a call or need to know when you got a message, then you may not be able to turn off your phone. If this is the case, then you could consider placing it out of reach while you’re driving, such as in your glovebox or back seat. This way you’ll still know when you were called or texted but can’t reach for your phone.
Select your music before you drive
Many people don’t realize that changing a music playlist or radio station can be distracting. This is because drivers have to take their hands off the steering wheel and look away to change their music. When this happens, they’re reducing their reaction time and control over their vehicle. To combat this, you should consider making sure your car’s music station or playlist is exactly where you want it to be before you get on the road.
Eat while parked
Many drivers will eat while driving after picking up fast food. This may be as simple as snacking on fries or sipping a drink or a lot more involved, such as unwrapping a burger and eating it while driving. However, eating while driving is a large distraction. Next time you go to get a meal at a drive-thru, you should consider parking your car so you aren’t endangering yourself.
You might not be distracted while driving but many other drivers are. If you end up in an accident with a distracted driver, it could benefit you to understand your legal options for damages and injuries.