Driving on interstate highways can be an overwhelming experience, especially for new drivers. Between multiple lanes of cars traveling at high speeds and the pressure of finding the right exit, it’s important to pay attention and reduce distractions.
To ensure your safety, we break down the 5 road trip safety rules you should adhere to:
Use Bluetooth Devices
Ideally, drivers will not use their phones while driving, but some may find it essential to be able to communicate while driving from one location to another. Bluetooth makes it possible to concentrate on your driving and make phone calls at the same time. In conjunction with your smartphone’s bi-directional text feature, you can also listen to text messages and even dictate and send a response. While not a foolproof method, it can be used to make sure that your eyes stay on the road.
Don’t Eat and Drive
It’s common to grab a bite to eat on your drive home or in the middle of a road trip. With food nearby, it can be tempting to eat while you’re still on the road. However, eating while driving can force you to let go of one or both hands from the steering wheel, which can affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when moving at fast speeds on highways. It is better to ignore your food and only eat when you have reached your destination.
Avoid Driving While Fatigued
Fatigue compromises ones driving ability by reducing their alertness, slowing down their decision-making skills, and delaying reaction times. In fact, the effects of being tired while driving are comparable to drinking and driving. Should you experience any signs of drowsiness pull over and let another passenger take the wheel. If you are driving alone, pull over and find somewhere to rest.
Pets can move quickly and randomly in a moving car, which can distract the driver resulting in general car accidents. To be safe, always strap your pets in a specially designed back seat carrier or secure them in a box or crate that’s comfortable and large enough for them to move around without making noise. By securing your pets, you ensure that they won’t distract you while driving.
Don’t Search for Fallen Items
Have you dropped your wallet or phone on the vehicle’s floor while driving? These are important items, and it can be tempting to try and retrieve them immediately. Don’t reach for it until you arrive at your destination. Another good solution is to pull over to search for it. Reaching for fallen items while driving takes your attention off the road and reduces your control of the vehicle. By not having your attention focused on the road, you are less prepared to respond to changes on the road.
If you have been involved in an accident or car crash due to distracted driving in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas, the first thing you should do is contact emergency services. After you are safe, make sure to contact the Dinelli Law Firm. We offer high-quality car accident legal services, and we are prepared to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help with your case.