Every year, thousands of fatal accidents happen in the US as a result of distracted driving. Newspapers, magazines, and social media come laden with horror stories and statistics about the dangers of distracted driving; yet, several isolated incidents continue to happen in different areas of the country.
Defensive driving is the only thing that can help to keep driving distractions at bay in the best possible manner. So pay attention as closely as possible. The following tips as recommended by Texas Truck accident lawyers can help.
1. Your car is NOT your personal grooming place
Give yourself ample time in the morning to prepare yourself for the drive. If you need an extra fifteen to twenty minutes to dress, shave, or apply makeup, give yourself the liberty to do so. But do ensure that you complete all that AT HOME itself.
AVOID engaging yourself in personal grooming activities at the time of the drive. It may result in a catastrophic accident from which there might be no return.
So do not any chances with your life. Better be safe than sorry.
Note: In case you don’t have enough time on your hands to prepare yourself in the morning, bring all your grooming supplies with you in your car. Reach the destination first, park your vehicle, and then finish the grooming routine to your heart’s content. This is safer and more effective.
2. Say “NO” to mobile phones unless it’s an emergency
While you are driving your vehicle, you should use your cell phone only in emergency situations. Even in such situations, it is advisable to pull over to the safe side of the road, make the call, and then drive away to your destination.
And here are a few red flags for you to avoid at all possible cost:
- Texting and driving.
- Talking on the phone and driving.
- Hands-free calling and driving. [Hands-free devices can really get distracting in certain circumstances and can result in an accident before you even realize it. So why even take the chance?]
- Put your phone to “silent” (or you can even switch it off).
- AVOID receiving calls during the drive unless you are absolutely sure of it being an emergency.
- Emergency calls should be handled only after stopping the car to the safe side of the road. It should never be handled with the car in motion.
3. Secure loose objects to avoid multitasking
Before starting your car, make sure of storing loose objects such as cans, canteens, bottles, etc. in your truck or glove compartment for your own driving safety. These loose objects can roll around and distract you while you are driving which is a big problem, in itself.
We are all very much aware of the fact that the slightest mistake during the drive can result in an accident causing irreparable damage on the whole. So be on the safer side. Lock these objects up for good.
Note: This practice can also make you avoid reaching for objects in your car (during the drive) in case they get loose for any reason whatsoever.
4. Decide on your driving route way ahead of time
Always confirm and familiarize yourself with your driving route before starting your vehicle. It is also advisable to check the traffic report of that specific area while you are confirming your driving route. That way, you can avoid re-routing your GPS at the time of the drive.
In case you are using a GPS for the drive, make sure it’s set up well before the start of your vehicle. Accessing GPS during driving is definitely not recommended because of the distracting nature of the activity. So avoid doing the same at all possible costs.
5. Avoid eating during driving
Being busy can never be an excuse for distraction, especially when you are driving. Finishing breakfast on your way to the office may seem like a time-saver, but at the same time, it also means that you are significantly less attentive to the drivers around you.
Also remember that food spill is one of the primary causes of distracted driving; a trait that’s inherently linked to catastrophic accidents, in general. So why even take the risk? AVOID eating during driving for your own good.
With that, we’ll bring this article to an end for now. Hope you had a great read.