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Common Driving Distractions That Lead to Car Accidents

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Avoiding Common Driving Distractions That Lead to Car Accidents

Driving distractions are a leading cause of car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives just in 2018. It’s crucial to be aware of everyday driving distractions and how to avoid them to prevent accidents. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the most common driving distractions and provide tips on how to avoid them.

1. Cell Phone Use While Driving

Cell phone use is one of the most common driving distractions. Texting, calling, or using social media while driving can take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off driving. To avoid this distraction, turn off your phone or put it on silent mode while driving. If you need to use your phone, park your car in a safe spot first.

2. Eating and Drinking While Driving

Eating and drinking while driving can also distract you from the road. Spills, crumbs, and wrappers can also cause a mess and take your attention away from driving. To avoid this distraction, eat and drink before or after driving. If you must eat or drink while driving, choose foods that are easy to handle and don’t require much attention.

3. Passenger Distractions

Passengers can also be a source of distraction while driving. Talking, laughing, or arguing with passengers can divert your attention from the road. To avoid this distraction, set ground rules for passengers before driving. Tell them to avoid distracting you while driving and to keep noise levels down.

4. GPS and Navigation Systems

GPS and navigation systems can also be a source of distraction while driving. Fiddling with the device or looking at the screen can take your eyes off the road. Prevent this distraction by setting your destination before driving and using voice commands or pulling over to make changes.

5. Daydreaming

Daydreaming or being lost in thought can also distract you from driving. It’s essential to stay focused and alert while driving. Take breaks if you’re tired or distracted to prevent your mind from wandering too far from the road. You can also listen to music or talk radio to engage your mind while driving — just be sure the volume isn’t excessively loud, creating a different type of distraction.

Bottom Line

Driving distractions can be dangerous, and they lead to numerous car accidents. By remaining aware of common distractions and following these tips, you can stay focused and alert while driving and prevent collisions.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident due to someone else’s driving distractions, contact Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation at (954) 467-8800. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.