An increasing amount of accidents are caused by drivers who are distracted. It only takes a second for a driver to take his/her eyes away from the road and collide with another vehicle, motorcycle or even a pedestrian.
Distracted driving is a major contributor to automobile crashes across the US. Each year, between 4,000 and 8,000 automobile accidents related to distracted driving occur. In the US, distracted driving contributes to nearly 50% of all automobile crashes reported each year
Tips for Avoiding Five Common Driving Distractions
- Prevent Driver Fatigue: Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night and abstain from driving if you’re sleep deprived.
- Put Down the Mobile Devices: We recommend that drivers completely refrain from using a cell phone while driving. However, if it is necessary to make a phone call, utilize a hands-free device or headset that allows you to keep your eyes on the road.
- Don’t Focus on Roadside Distractions: If you happen to pass by an accident scene or other roadside distraction, keep your eyes on the road ahead and refrain from glancing over while your vehicle is in motion.
- Limit Conversations Inside the Car: A conversation with passengers in the car can also cause distractions while driving. So it is important for drivers to keep talking to a minimum while the vehicle is in motion.
- Leave Interior Controls Alone: Some vehicles are equipped withautomatic climate controls or redundant climate and sound system controls on the steering wheel which allow drivers to keep his/her hands on the wheel while making adjustments. However, if your car does not have these features, be sure to adjust all settings before driving.