One of the main causes of car accidents is distracted driving. In 2014, more than 3,100 people died in car accidents caused by distracted driving. Another 431,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes.
Young drivers (15 to 19 years old) account for the largest portion of distracted drivers who were involved in road crashes.
Making an effort to reduce distracted driving will help reduce the number of car accidents that happen on our roads.
Types of Distracted Driving
The most common forms of distracted driving include texting, grooming, talking to passengers, using a phone, watching a video or TV, eating and drinking, reading maps, and selecting music while driving.
Many people engage in these activities. But every time they do, they are putting themselves, other drivers, and pedestrians at risk.
Simple Ways to Prevent Car Accidents
Now that you know all the different types of distracted driving, you should learn how to avoid them in a bid to improve your safety on the road. The following are some recommendations you may want to adopt:
1) Pull Over to Use Your Phone
Some people are better at multitasking than others, but when your safety and that of other road users is concerned, there is no need to gamble.
If someone calls or sends you a message, the best thing for you to do is pull over at a safe place and receive the call or return it. If you receive a text message or need to text someone, wait until you pull over by the roadside or at the nearest parking lot.
Receiving a call via a hands-free system still counts as a distraction.
Unless it’s a health emergency, any call or text can wait until you can safely communicate with the other person. Avoiding cell phone use while driving can prevent wrongful death car accidents.
2) Make Adjustments Before Hitting the Road
Before you start driving your car, be sure to make all the necessary adjustments, such as setting the right temperature, selecting the best music, or tuning into your favorite radio station. This should not be done while the vehicle is moving. If you need to make adjustments when you are already on the road, be sure to stop the car first.
3) Restrain Your Pets
Pets can be a huge distraction because they can hop around and make a lot of noise inside the car. That’s why you should transport pets in a cage or in some other manner that restrains them from getting in your way while you’re trying to drive.
4) Eat Before You Drive
It may be tempting to go to a drive-thru and order a coffee, a burger, or whatever suits your taste. After getting your order, however, you should park the car and have your meal. Do not attempt to eat and drink while driving, as this can be a serious distraction. After all, your goal might shift from driving to avoiding a spill or cleaning up a spill. A distraction like that can be enough to cause a deadly crash.
5) Take Care of Personal Grooming at Home
The rearview mirror in your car is not meant for grooming. Still, many drivers use it to check their personal appearance. But using the mirror for any purpose other than checking the road can be a dangerous distraction.
Personal grooming should be taken care of at home or the office. If you have to do it in your car, make sure the vehicle is parked.
6) Map Your Route Before You Drive
One of the most common distractions for drivers is trying to program a navigation device while driving the car. This requires the driver to look at the screen and type in the instructions with one hand. This can be a huge distraction that can cause a car crash.
7) Plan Your Trip in Advance
Speeding kills, but you already know that. It is one of the main causes of car crashes all over the world. To avoid speeding, you should plan your trip in advance and hit the road early. This will give you peace of mind while driving so you won’t have to rush and put your life—or someone else’s—at risk.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Reducing distracted driving has the potential to reduce car accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers continue to drive while distracted.
If you’re the victim of a distracted driver’s negligence, you can pursue compensation for your injuries by hiring a qualified car accident lawyer with David Christensen Law.