Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as inebriated drivers. While a driver who has had too much to drink is slow to react, distracted drivers may not even be able to react at all because their eyes are not on the road. Rather than putting yourself and other families in danger, you need to do what you can to avoid distractions in your car. By cutting down on internal distractions in your vehicle, you’ll reduce the chance of getting involved in, or worse, being at fault for a serious accident. Follow these basic tips from the Albuquerque accident attorneys at Dinelli Law Firm to stay safe the next time you hit the road.
No Texting At All — According to the IIHS, texting bans in states around the U.S. have actually increased auto accidents. This isn’t because texting drivers are better than non-texting drivers, it’s because drivers try to avoid detection by holding their phones further away from their steering wheel, which in turn takes their eyes off the road for even longer. All of this means texting, however you do it, is dangerous and a major distraction. It shouldn’t have to be said, but people are still losing lives because of drivers who were texting. Avoid texting at all costs and save a life.
Go Bluetooth — While you’re driving, you should avoid using your phone completely. Using your phone, even when trying to switch music stations or playlists, is distracting. By connecting your phone to the car’s stereo system via Bluetooth or other apps such as Apple CarPlay, you’ll be able to make selections without using the phone. If your vehicle has a voice activated system, even better!
Don’t Multitask — Running late for a meeting so you’re attempting to shave or apply makeup while you drive? Pull off on the side of the road or pop into an establishment such as a restaurant or grocery store to do this. Never try to multitask while driving. It is better to be a little late than to be involved in an accident and need a serious injury lawyer to help you pick up the pieces.
By following these simple tips, you should be able to cut down on some serious distractions while driving. Practice being a defensive driver and eliminate your distractions. It could just save a life—especially your own.
If you find yourself involved in a car accident and are dealing with a serious injury because of a distracted driver, contact the Dinelli Law Firm today! Our experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys can stand up for you and may be able to get you the compensation you need to recover.