Distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States, one that leads to a great many accidents…as well as a great many lawsuits. If you want to significantly reduce your risk of being involved in such an accident, then take steps to avoid distracted driving in your life. To help you do that, here are some simple but highly effective tips.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
To start off with, a little planning and preparing before you get into your car can go a long way toward preventing distracted driving.
Make it a habit to get rid of all distractions before you turn the key in the ignition. Take inventory of all of your belongings to ensure you have everything you need. This will keep you from looking for something while driving.
Also, turn off your cell phone or set it to “driving” mode if your phone has this feature. That way, you won’t be distracted by texts or calls as you drive.
Finally, make sure you know where you’re going so that you’re not glancing down at directions when you should be focused on the road.
Tip #2: Don’t Primp, Eat, or Anything Else
We’ve all looked over at the car next to us…only to spot someone applying makeup, fixing their hair, or digging into a burger.
These kinds of things might not seem like a big deal, but they can be a major distraction to drivers. So, commit yourself to never doing these things in the car. They can wait! Your life is more important than how your hair looks or your rumbling stomach!
Tip #3: Keep Items Secure
As a final tip, make sure to secure all of your items properly. Spilled coffee or a piece of mail that’s flying around can be very distracting.
Make sure your vehicle is clean and everything is in place before you drive. This will greatly help to prevent those moments when your eyes and/or your focus leaves the road.
As you can see, there are a great many things you can do to avoid distracted driving. These tips should work wonders for you.
However, if you find yourself the victim of someone else’s negligent driving, remember to get professional legal help as soon as possible. Hopefully, though, all of your travels will be safe!