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How can distractions be prevented before and during driving?

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2022 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Distracted driving is one of the biggest problems on Connecticut roads. You can do your part by preventing it before and after you get into your vehicle.

How serious is distracted driving?

Too many people engage in other activities while driving, which results in distraction. Distracted driving takes one’s focus off the road and puts everyone around them at risk. Regardless of what form distracted driving takes, it can result in a serious car crash that leads to catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.

What can you do to prevent distracted driving?

There are several things you can do to prevent distracted driving. Remaining completely focused on your driving and the road ahead can help prevent a car accident.

Only use your cell phone for an emergency. While you can use it in hands-free mode using the controls in your car, even having a phone conversation that way can still lead to distraction. Only important calls should be made or answered.

Avoid eating while you drive. Even if you’re hungry, wait a little while until you’re at your destination before having a meal. It can prevent you from becoming distracted.

Be careful when you have passengers in your vehicle. It’s only natural to have a conversation with others in the car, but this can lead to distracted driving. If you have children in the backseat, try not to get too distracted when checking on them. Only turn around to check on them when you’re at a complete stop and when it’s safe.

Plan your trip ahead of time. If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar destination, plug it into your GPS system before you start driving. If you need to check the map at any point, pull over to the side of the road or into a parking spot and then check it. This can prevent a car accident from occurring.

Taking preventive measures can curb distracted driving and keep everyone safer.