One of the most common causes of auto accidents is distracted driving. People often experience distractions throughout their day, but an ill-timed distraction while driving can be dangerous. Even a few seconds of distracted driving can momentarily raise the chances of an auto accident to occur.
Phones are one of the main contributors to distracted driving accidents. Nearly everyone has a phone, and most people carry them wherever they go – including their car. Phones are so dangerous because they require visual focus and hand use that would otherwise be required for safe driving.
To be a safe and responsible driver, you can learn how to reduce distracted driving. Here’s what you should know:
Put your phone out of reach
You may want to consider putting your phone in a place that you can’t easily reach. If you can’t use your phone, then you can reduce how much of a distraction it can be. One easy place to put your phone is in the glove box. Or, you could place your phone in a bag or the back seat.
Even if your phone is out of reach, you may still hear your phone chiming from notifications. If this happens you may need to disable your notifications. You could also set your phone to “do not disturb” mode while you’re driving.
Turn off your phone
If all else fails and you’re still distracted by your phone, you do have the option to turn off your phone. If your phone is powered off, then you can hear any notifications and you don’t have the urge to look at it while driving.
Taking legal options
You may now be a safer driver, many others are still at risk of getting distracted while driving. If you’re in an auto accident with a distracted driver, then you may need to learn your legal options when seeking compensation.