Pinging texts, ringing phones, loud music… There are so many distractions inside a car that can tempt drivers to take their eyes off the road. While technology has tried to keep distractions to a minimum through advancements like Bluetooth headsets, cell phones are now one of the main causes of distracted driving accidents.
When a driver is distracted, serious injuries can result to the driver, passengers, and others on the road. Taking your eyes off the road for even one second can be extremely dangerous.
If you take your role as a driver seriously, there are some things you can do to avoid temptation and be a better, safer driver. The car accident attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., with experience handling serious injury cases in Atlanta, have compiled a list of tips to help drivers avoid distractions while on the road. Read on for more information or to get help from our Georgia legal team.
Tips and Tricks to Stay Focused on the Road
Keep Your Cell Phone Out of Sight
We always seem to have our cell phones handy; however, when you’re driving, you should try and store your cell phone where you won’t be tempted to read an incoming text. For example, ladies can tuck their phones in their purses, or men and women can store the phone in their glove compartment until they arrive at their destination.
Turn Cell Phone Ringers Off
When we get a text, call, or notification from social media, it can be tempting to want to read your message, but by keeping your cell phone tucked safely away, with the ringer turned off or on vibrate, you can avoid the temptation. Cell phones should only be used in case of emergency if you’re the driver of an automobile.
Minimize the Multi-Tasking
It can be easy to want to multi-task while driving, especially if you have a longer commute; however, it’s important to keep multi-tasking to a minimum. Avoid tasks such as doing your makeup, grooming, eating, taking conference calls, etc. for when you’re not driving a vehicle. Yes, it may mean you need to get up a few minutes earlier every morning, but if you’re a safer driver, the long-term planning will be well worth the effort.
Limit the Number of Passengers
The more passengers you have in the car, the more likely it is that you’ll be distracted. Driving with friends can create a dangerous driving environment, especially for novice drivers. Teenagers should keep the number of passengers to a minimum.
Don’t Be Afraid to Pull Over
If another activity demands your attention, such as a crying toddler or loose cargo, safely pull over to the side of the road to address the issue. Don’t try to reach around to soothe the crying baby or grab loose cargo that may be rolling around. You’re more likely to not have an accident that way!
Contact Ashenden & Associates, P.C., About a Serious Car Accident Case
If you or a loved one have been involved in an automobile or trucking accident, and believe that the driver may have been distracted or negligent, you could be entitled to compensation.
Enlisting the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, like those at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., can help you recover full compensation for all of your damages, not just for your medical bills and lost wages. Our Atlanta-based law firm has helped those in Georgia recover many millions of dollars for their personal injury auto cases, so that they can move on with their lives following an accident.
Contact the auto accident attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., for a free consultation at 770-394-8909.