Despite car manufacturers efforts to make safer cars with advanced safety features and monitors, distracted driving is still a major problem on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents, risking the lives and safety of drivers, passengers and others on the road. Statistics show that at least nine people lose their lives every day because of distracted drivers, and the issue becomes even worse when dealing with teenage drivers and new drivers.
Car accidents can happen to anyone at any time, whether you are a thoroughly experienced driver or just started getting behind the wheel. There are several methods that all drivers can apply to their driving habits in order to limit distracted driving, making the road a safer place for themselves and other drivers. The following are just some suggestions drivers can follow:
- Only use your smartphone for emergencies. The smartphone is used daily by people young and old but is extremely dangerous to use while driving a vehicle. Even in an emergency one should only use their phone after pulling over to somewhere safe. Many states across the country will fine you or give you a ticket if you are caught using your phone while driving, even if using the car’s handsfree function.
- Limit multitasking. It is human nature to try to multitask because of the frantic pace of today’s world; though naturally it is difficult and requires focus. Operating an automobile safely requires a large amount of focus as well. Because of this, using all your focus on the driving task should be most important.
- Limit number of passengers. This is especially important for teenage drivers. Teens like the driving experience because of its freeing nature, and also like to share this experience with friends. Passengers can bring conversation and other unnecessary distractions to drivers. Some states limit the number of passengers new drivers can have in their cars, particularly in the early stages of driving.
- Do not eat or drink while driving. It is easy to save time on a busy day to eat or drink in your car while going to work. But any act performed in your car other than the driving itself is considered a distraction. Even losing your focus in a split second can cause an accident.
- If you are tired or drowsy, pull over. Statistically, a high percentage of car accidents happen because the driver was tired or fell asleep behind the wheel. If you ever feel sleepy before getting behind the wheel, enlist someone else to drive or postpone your trip until you can get some sleep. If you are on a long trip and become drowsy, protect yourself and other drivers by pulling over and rest.
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