4 Ways to Reduce Distracted Driving

4 Ways to Reduce Distracted Driving

4 ways to prevent driving distractionsThe time it takes for you to pick up your phone and read a text while driving is all the time it takes for a car crash to happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), about 2,800 people were killed and another 400,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents during 2018.

Texting and driving is one of the most common and dangerous distracted driving practices, however, there are many other mundane activities that you may be surprised to find out can put you and others at risk. Here are some simple yet effective ways that you can reduce driving distractions and help keep our roads safe.

Avoid Using Electronics

Put your electronics, including your cell phone and other devices, away. Be sure to turn off the ringer and put it out of sight so you aren’t tempted to pick it up or answer a text. You can also put utilize the “do not disturb” feature, which stops all incoming texts from showing up on your device. Phones should only be used for emergency purposes only, such as calling the police, the fire department, or an ambulance.

Make Adjustments Before Driving

Driving is no time for multitasking. Before you get on the road, make any adjustments you need to your seat position, mirrors, climate controls, and sound systems. If you need to use your navigation system in an unfamiliar area, put your directions into the GPS before you begin driving.

Snack Smart

Try to avoid eating or drinking while driving, as it can cause you to take your hands off the wheel or become distracted when food spills occur. If you need to eat on the road to save time, make sure to pack a food item that isn’t messy and that is easy to hold with one hand, such as a granola bar.

Make Sure Everyone Is Buckled Up

It’s important to ensure that your children are buckled up in car seats, in booster seats, or with seat belts before you begin driving. Make sure any animals that are traveling with you are confined within the vehicle as well. This way, you aren’t having to worry about reaching into the backseat and losing control of your vehicle.

If you or a loved one is injured in a distracted driving accident, Kornfeld Law is here to help you through the worst of it. With nearly four decades of legal experience, our Seattle car accident attorneys will work hard to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover.

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