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Top 5 Driving Distractions to Avoid

Man eating a burger and holding a drink while driving

There are many common causes of traffic accidents, and one of them is distracted driving. Although we believe we can handle multitasking while on the road, the truth is, we cannot. According to the NHTSA, over 3,000 lives were lost in 2019 due to distracted driving. In order to prevent more accidents from happening, we need to avoid the following distractions:

1. Using a Cellphone

It’s a no-brainer that cell phones are the top distraction when it comes to driving—looking at your phone for three seconds while on the road can equate to around 100 yards of driving blind. Although it may be tempting to send a quick text, you should wait till you get to your destination to pick up your phone.

2. Daydreaming

After a long day, your mind tends to wander, and unfortunately, it mostly happens on your commute home. Daydreaming is another top distraction that can be preventable with the right measures. Make sure you do not drive when you’re experiencing strong emotions, as it can interfere with your concentration. Try to ease your mind before putting your vehicle in drive.

3. Distracting Passeneger

Passengers are nice to have to assist you with directions, but sometimes, you’re better off without them. Require your passengers to ride with their seatbelts on and to hold off on any distracting behavior until you’ve reached your destination.

4. Eating and Drinking

Nutrition is a priority, but so is getting to your destination in one piece. Unwrapping food packaging requires you to take your hands off of the wheel for a few seconds, not giving you enough time to react if something happens. Avoid eating and drinking while you’re in the driver’s seat until you get to a parked position.

5. Reaching for Items

Reaching for an item is another common distraction for drivers. Before you hit the road, adjust your radio and climate settings while still in park to reduce your chances of getting into an accident.

It’s essential for all drivers to avoid these distractions to ensure the safety of themselves and the people around them. However, if you find yourself in a situation where a negligent driver has hit you, you should contact our car accident attorneys as soon as possible. We will fight tirelessly for the other party to be held liable for their actions and get you the compensation you deserve.

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