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Tips for Preventing Dangerous Distractions While Driving

Approximately 9 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries happen each day in the U.S. in crashes involving distracted drivers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Learn how to avoid these dangerous crashes and keep American roads safe.

About Distracted Driving

Distractions are activities that divert attention from driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), common distractions behind the wheel include:

  • Talking or texting on your phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to people in your vehicle
  • Fiddling with the stereo, entertainment, or navigation system

These distractions may seem minor, but they can cause extensive harm. A text that removes your eyes from the road for 5 seconds when you are traveling at 55 mph leaves you blind to the road for the entire length of a football field.

Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics

Distractions are deadly. The moment you allow a distraction to remove your focus from driving, your risk of a deadly crash increases significantly. Information provided by The Zebra states that:

  • Nearly 4,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.
  • Distracted driving was the reported cause of death of 3,450 people in 2016.
  • An estimated 391,000 drivers were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2017.
  • Distracted driving was a reported factor in 8.5% of fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2019.

How to Prevent Driver Distraction

To prevent deadly distractions from harming you or other drivers on the road, follow the tips listed below.

  • Prep before — Adjust your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls, and sound systems before you drive.
  • Secure children — If you are traveling with children, secure them safely in the vehicle. If they need your attention, pull over before you attend to them.
  • Secure items — Loose items such as water bottles can roll around and tempt you to reach for them. Make sure all items are secured before you drive to avoid this distraction.
  • Hide screens — Put electronic distractions somewhere you won’t be tempted to use them. Never use cell phones while driving.
  • Snack smart — Avoid messy foods while on the road. If possible, eat before you drive.
  • Enlist help — Ask passengers to keep you focused. If talking is a distraction, limit conversation.
  • Stay focused — Train your brain to focus on driving. Even if distracting activities occur such as a ringing phone, a trained brain will be able to ignore distractions and stay focused. 

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve. Our team of injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

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