Distracted Driving: How to Become a Safer Driver

Distracted driving is still a serious problem for Americans. According to the National Safety Council, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving accidents on a typical day.

Not only that, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that distracted driving caused more than 3000 fatalities in 2019, which was a 10% increase from 2018.

The Culprits

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute estimates that it’s possible that 36% of U.S. crashes could be avoided if drivers weren’t distracted. Talking on a cell phone, even if you are using hands-free technology, can become a distraction while you’re on the road. With GPS technology, text messages, notifications, and incoming calls, it can be difficult to ignore your phone in the car.

Staying focused on the road means keeping your eyes and mind on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. Multitasking, from changing the music to checking your GPS, prevents you from being focused behind the wheel.

Many newer vehicles are equipped with touchscreens and infotainment systems. Operating this technology can be distracting. So can attempts to eat, apply makeup, or complete other tasks while driving.

Tips for Safer Driving

The best way to prevent distracted driving is to stay focused on driving every time you get behind the wheel. Here are a few ideas from the NHTSA for making your driving safer for you and everyone around you:

  • Pull over and park your car in a safe area if you need to send or read a text message.
  • If you have a passenger along for the ride, consider asking them to respond to calls or messages on your behalf if you are expecting urgent news.
  • Use your phone’s do not disturb function to prevent new notifications or calls from distracting you while driving.
  • If you find yourself tempted to check your phone while driving, consider placing it in the trunk or glove compartment so it won’t distract you.

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