Distracted driving continues to be a major issue in the United States. It’s sometimes difficult to pin down exactly how many car accidents it causes every year because distracted driving can be hard to prove, but it is certainly an issue that drivers face. You could be struck and injured by a distracted driver any time that you get behind the wheel.
As such, you certainly want to avoid distraction yourself. Here are a few tips that can help you do so.
1. Get everything set up at home
First of all, if you have to set up a GPS, pick a playlist on your phone or do something else of this nature, do it in the driveway. Many people simply get in the car and start driving to their destination before they begin doing all of this, leading to extensive distraction. Just doing it in advance can make you far safer.
2. Watch what (and where) you eat
One major source of distraction that has nothing to do with a cellphone is when people eat and drink in the car. Even just having a cup of coffee on your morning commute to the office can be detrimental. If you do have to eat or drink, make sure you choose things that aren’t messy and that are not easy to spill. But it’s best not to do it at all.
3. Don’t be afraid to pull over
Not all distractions are avoidable. Maybe you’re a parent and you’re going to have kids in the car with you. You may need to help them with something, and that’s when it’s a good idea to find a safe place to pull over. Don’t try to multitask. Just pull over, take care of the issue, and then begin driving again.
What if you get injured?
You may drive safely every single day, avoiding distractions as often as possible. But you could still be injured by another driver who causes a crash. That’s when you need to know how to seek financial compensation for your injuries.