Many auto accidents are caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is often the result of a driver looking away from the road, taking a hand off the wheel or focusing on anything other than driving. It’s often impossible for people to not get distracted while performing any task, but it’s typically the responsibility of the driver to focus on their actions behind the wheel.
Driving accidents are caused by many similar reasons. Drivers can reduce distracted driving and practice safe driving by reducing their distractions. Here’s what you should know:
1. Don’t eat and drive
Fast food is a convenient meal for anyone in a vehicle. Even if drivers can quickly grab a meal wherever they go, it doesn’t mean drivers are safe to eat while driving. Drivers may want to consider parking their cars to eat their meals to reduce distracted driving.
2. Find the right radio station before getting on the road
Every modern car is pre-installed with a radio. A radio may seem like a trivial thing to adjust while driving, but it can lead to distracted driving accidents. Drivers adjusting the radio may have to take their hands off the wheel to turn a dial, which can reduce drivers’ ability to maneuver their vehicles.
3. Keep your pets restrained
Pets don’t understand how much focus their owners need to drive. Because of this, pets may sit on their owners’ laps and impair their owners’ focus. One way to reduce this issue is by restraining a pet when they are in a car. Owners can put their pets in cages or use pet harnesses made for vehicles.
4. Silence your phone
The biggest cause of distracted driving is phones. Drivers can silence their phones so that they don’t make any noise from calls or texts. Many phones also have driving-focus modes that automatically turn on when a vehicle starts moving, helping eliminate distractions.
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