Driving distracted is one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road. And while texting and driving is a concern when it comes to drivers and their safety on the road, it’s not the only distraction putting people in harm’s way.
There are many different ways to be distracted, which means there are many different ways you can stay better focused while operating your vehicle.
If you care about your safety and the safety of those you love, you’ll want to try to do a little better and be a little more alert when you’re on the road. Here’s how to eliminate distractions in the car.
#1. Turn Your Phone Off
Yes, texting and driving is a major distraction and one you’ll see happening if you look out your window for any length of time while on the road. But it’s not the only way drivers are distracted with their phones. Maybe you need to make a phone call and look down to dial. Or perhaps you’re lost and trying to juggle directions on your cell phone while driving.
Sometimes just talking on the phone can be distraction enough to put you and others in danger. To err on the side of caution and ensure your safety as well as that of others, don’t be afraid to turn your phone off when you get in the car. Most commutes aren’t that long, and you won’t miss much by turning it back on when you reach your destination.
#2. Prepare Before You Drive
Another way to avoid distractions while in the car is to take care of them before you hit the road. Do you know you’re going to need directions? Plug them into your GPS before you leave your house. Maybe you’re going through the drive through and want to use the extra change in your car. Count it out and have it ready beforehand, instead of trying to do it on the way. Keeping your car organized and preparing for your errands or destinations ahead of time will keep you from trying to do those kinds of things while you’re driving.
#3. Give Yourself Enough Time
Ever been in a time crunch and tried to eat breakfast, do your makeup, or put on your watch while driving? Running behind schedule happens to the best of us, but it’s all too easy to become distracted and end up on a life-altering situation because you failed to plan ahead. Make sure you’re giving yourself enough time, both before you get in the car and while you’re on the road, to get to your destination. Stressing because you’re late is a major distraction, and one that can be easily avoided and make your morning much more enjoyable.
Even with the best intentions, sometimes car accidents still happen. Whether it is because of your distracted driving or that of another driver, you may be wondering if hiring an accident attorney can help you.
Give Cockayne Law a call today to see if your case is worth fighting.