We live in a technologically driven society. Our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and smart televisions keep us connected at all moments of the day. When behind the wheel, our connection to technology poses an ever-increasing deadly risk. Driving a vehicle of any size poses risks, including road condition hazards, drowsiness, driving under the influence, and weather. An alarming rise in distracted driving car accidents shows that using electronic devices while driving is a newer, yet extremely hazardous choice.
Distracted Driving Hazards
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics shows that in 2017, distracted driving killed over 3,000 people. Texting is the most common form of distracted driving. While sending a text seems like a brief activity, it typically takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for a full five seconds. While driving at 55 mph, that five seconds is akin to driving the length of an entire football field, which is a significant distance that can lead to a deadly crash.
Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving
Many drivers who are accustomed to being attached to friends, family, and colleagues may find it difficult to unlearn habits, and put down their phone in the car. Good models of behavior include putting your phone out of reach before starting the car, setting the call or text alert to silent or vibrate, and most importantly, making the personal commitment to always pull over to make calls or send texts.
Set an Example
For families with younger drivers, that means modeling these good behaviors. Younger drivers are more likely to be less aware of the hazards. Parents can demonstrate these behaviors to the younger drivers in their family and make a family plan to maintain them.
Promote Healthy Work Habits
For employers, there should be a company-wide cellphone policy that discourages an always-available work culture. Workers who drive for company business should be comfortable declining calls or texts. In most cases, there is ample opportunity to pull off the road or exit before responding to work-related messages. Even a hands-free phone call can distract a driver’s attention enough to cause a serious accident.
Always practice safe driving in addition to not using electronic devices while behind the wheel. This includes consistent seat belt usage, maintaining safe speeds, not driving while drowsy, and not driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Be Prepared While Driving
Being as safe as possible does not mitigate other drivers who may be distracted or impaired, but it allows you to be better prepared in case of an accident. A car is a means of transportation and freedom for many, but keep in mind that it can be a deadly weapon. If you have been the victim of a distracted driving accident, it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer.
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