Distracted driving leads to a large portion of daily auto accidents. Nearly 3,000 people suffer fatal injuries from distracted auto accidents each year. People who survive distracted driving accidents may suffer debilitating head and spine injuries, such as concussions, internal bleeding, paralysis and hemorrhages.
Drivers may be distracted if they look away from the road or take their hands off the wheel. When practicing safe driving, it may help you to understand how to reduce distractions while driving:
Keep your phone tucked away for the whole ride
One of the biggest causes of distracted driving is phones. Phones are designed to attract people’s attention. When a phone rings, people typically look in the direction of their phone and reach for it to answer the call or text – this is a dangerous habit while driving.
Drivers may want to consider putting their phones just out of arm’s reach when they start up their car. Drivers who are still tempted to reach for their phones can also try putting them in bags where they aren’t easily accessible. Lastly, drivers can turn off their phones so they don’t receive any texts or calls.
Turn on the radio and AC before you get on the road
Surprisingly, drivers are frequently distracted by their radio and AC. Many drivers will fiddle with their center console to find the right radio or temperature. However, this act requires the use of a free hand which would be necessary for safe driving. It may help to adjust these features before you get on the road.
While you’re practicing safe driving, other drivers are not. You may end up in a vehicle accident and need to understand how you can get compensated for your injuries and losses.