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Tips for Avoiding Driving Distractions

April 9, 2022 Pegalis Law Group

Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Tips for Avoiding Driving Distractions

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a time to focus on the dangers of driving while distracted. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of annual preventable deaths and injuries occurring on U.S. roadways has been on the rise in recent years. Below, Pegalis Law Group, LLC provides tips for avoiding driving distractions. If we all do our part, we can make the roads feel a little safer for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike.

Don’t Text and Drive – Cell Phones Are for Emergencies Only

Distracted driving accidents have risen as smartphone use has become more mainstream. As a result, many states have passed laws against using your phone to talk or text while driving. If caught, you could face a ticket and a steep fine. Even hands-free options can be enough of a distraction to cause an accident. Cell phones should be for emergencies only and should only be used when it’s safe to do so, such as when you’ve pulled over to the side of the road. Keep your phone out of reach in your bag or glovebox to avoid the temptation of texting or talking until you reach your destination.

Don’t Adjust Your Audio, Climate, or GPS Navigation Systems

Many accidents are caused by people making adjustments to their seats, mirrors, radios, GPS systems, or climate controls while behind the wheel. Ensure everything is in order before you begin driving. Part of being a responsible driver is checking traffic and weather conditions and deciding on the best route ahead of time. Make sure there’s nothing loose that could roll around on your floorboards to distract you. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second to pick up loose objects could lead to an accident.

Don’t Reach Into the Backseat or Turn Your Head While Driving

While you may need to drive with kids or pets inside your vehicle, try to remain focused on the road. Ensure all passengers are properly secured. Should they require your care or attention, pull off to the side of the road. You can quickly lose control of your vehicle by reaching into the backseat or turning your head even for a split second. Snack smart or not at all. Don’t give small children messy foods in the car, as spills are often the cause of distracted driving.

Don’t Eat, Drink, Smoke, or Groom Yourself Behind the Wheel

Many distracted driving accidents are caused when people try to multitask while behind the wheel. You should be focused on the road, not attempting to eat, drink, smoke, or groom yourself. Nothing is more important than your safety and that of others. Although you might be tempted to multitask to give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning, don’t do it. Make sure you’re all settled before driving.

Don’t Drive When You’re Feeling Drowsy, Sick, or Disoriented

Driving while you’re drowsy or not feeling well is also a leading cause of car crashes. Driving without getting enough sleep is comparable to driving while drinking because your reaction times are slower. Don’t put yourself in the dangerous position of falling asleep behind the wheel. Pull over or ask someone else to drive if you feel tired or impaired.

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Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York-based personal injury and medical malpractice law firm with nearly 50 years of experience. Our law firm is committed to creating public awareness about various issues affecting universal safety and healthcare. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional insights to keep you and your loved ones safe.