Many things can distract you while driving. However, for your safety and the safety of others around you, you need to stay focused while on the road.
Follow these steps to reduce your distractions while driving.
Ignore Your Phone
Thankfully, this recommendation is being adopted more and more as time passes, but it's worth a reminder. You should not use your cell phone while driving unless it's an emergency, and, even in that case, pull over to a safe spot before doing so whenever possible.
Don't Eat in the Car
It may seem like a great time-saver, but eating while driving is a distraction that you should not be engaging in. Being safe on the roads is of greater importance. Keep this activity outside of the vehicle, at least for the driver.
Pull Over to Sleep
Studies have shown that driving while drowsy is similar to driving after having consumed alcohol. For example, it's been shown that being awake for 24 consecutive hours affects your driving ability in a similar manner as having a blood alcohol level of 0.10. Pull over and sleep.
Secure Loose Items
The last thing that you should be doing while driving is reaching for loose items on the floor or even on the dashboard. The latter is especially dangerous as those things could fall in your lap and turn into a significant and quite hazardous distraction. Secure these items before departing.
Plan Your Route
If you're driving an unfamiliar route, ensure that it's planned out in advance so that you know exactly which exits you're taking and so on. This will reduce the mental distractions of desperately trying to figure out where you're going.
Need Legal Assistance?
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact a Brevard County personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at Henderson & Futchko, P.A. are focused on helping you recover during this difficult time.
Call Henderson & Futchko, P.A. today at (321) 320-7162 to schedule a consultation regarding your case.