Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents across the United States. In an age in which almost everyone has a cellphone, and most people have smartphones with an endless array of games and apps, many motorists fail to pay adequate attention to the road in front of them.
It’s important to remember, however, that taking your eyes off the road for even just a couple of seconds could change your life — and the lives of others — forever. With that in mind, the following are a few tips all drivers should keep in mind to avoid driving while distracted:
- Keep your phone out of reach: If you know you are going to be tempted to use your phone or mobile device while behind the wheel, put it somewhere you cannot reach it. You might keep it inside the center console, in the backseat, inside a bag or in some other location. You might even consider just turning it off. If you cannot easily access your phone, you are most likely not going to use it.
- Choose a hands-free device: If you must use your phone for navigational purposes or to listen to music, opt for a hands-free device. Aux cords are fairly inexpensive and allow you to plug your phone into your sound system. Many vehicles also have Bluetooth capabilities, so if you have this technology, use it. If not, figure out a way you can safely use the capabilities of your device.
- Be well fed: Another common factor in distracted driving is eating behind the wheel. Eat before or after you’re on the road. If you are on a long road trip, plan stops into your trip so that you can pull over and take your time with your meal.
- Be well rested: Never get behind the wheel if you are not mentally or physically prepared to do so. People who are overly tired could find themselves fading off while driving, which could lead to a crash.
These are just a few ways we all can stay safe and avoid becoming distracted drivers. If you’ve been involved in a crash you suspect was caused by distracted driving, speak with a knowledgeable Clarksville, Tennessee car accident attorney at Bateman & Bateman, PC.