Distracted driving has become more prevalent in recent years. Some motorists can’t resist checking their phones and responding to texts while they are driving. Besides phone use, distracted driving can include many other things like eating while driving, or driving while you are drowsy.
Many states across the country have noticed this trend and have enacted laws to combat it. Even with these laws in place, nine people are killed each day and over 1,000 are injured in car accidents due to distracted driving.
How can you stay focused on the road?
To avoid the negative consequences of taking your attention off the road, follow these helpful tips:
- Avoid using your phone: This is the number one cause of distracted driving. We all have the temptation to answer a text when we see our phones light up. But, the consequences of taking your attention away from the road are far too great. Any text can wait until you have reached your destination.
- Don’t drive tired: You should also refrain from operating a vehicle while you are sleep deprived. Your reaction time may be much slower than if you were well-rested. This can lead to an increased risk of a crash occurring.
- Ensure passengers are calm: Having rowdy friends in your car can cause you to lose focus on the road putting you and your friends at risk.
- Eat before or after: Eating while you are driving is another common distraction that leads to crashes. Taking your attention away from the road is not worth finishing your meal.
Abiding by this advice can help you prevent an accident and keep your focus entirely on the road. If you are involved in an accident, you may want to speak with an attorney.