Distracted driving is a huge problem on the roadways, one that does not appear to be disappearing any time soon. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration asserts that across the U.S., 3,166 people were killed in 2017 as the result of distracted driving. These deaths could have been avoided. A recently conducted survey details some disturbing results, including that a small minority of people say they never get distracted while driving.
There are ways to prevent distracted driving. It’s incumbent upon all drivers to drive as distraction free as possible. Following these tips could prevent a car crash.
Avoid multitasking – Drivers should be focused completely on driving.
Prepare for the drive – Before leaving the driveway, make sure everything is ready to go. This includes navigational systems, mirrors, climate, and even volume.
Secure pets – Having an animal loose in the vehicle can be incredibly distracting, and even dangerous to the animal. It’s best to secure them using a pet restraint or travel kennel.
Secure items – If you try to reach that thing rolling around in the back seat, you’re at a much greater risk of an immediate crash. Try to avoid having loose items in the vehicle that can be distracting.
Keep your hands empty – Your hands should be on the wheel. Not on any type of food or drink, not on an electric shaver or makeup kit, not on a phone, but on the wheel.
Keep your cell phone out of reach – Texting and driving is deadly. So is watching YouTube videos while driving. If your phone is out of reach, there is no temptation to use it while driving.
Passengers are distractions too – Ask your passengers to be mindful of your driving.
If you NEED to do something that’s not driving, pull over safely!
It’s estimated that distracted driving is a factor in about 25 percent of fatal vehicle crashes and hundreds of thousands of car accident injuries every year. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps car accident victims injured by other drivers who were distracted and caused a crash. For a free accident consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.