MANSFIELD’S INJURY LAWYER

Distractions while driving can sneak up on you

You have every intention of avoiding distractions while driving, but things have a way of changing when you’re behind the wheel. Even safe drivers fall prey to distractions every now and again

Here are some of the many things you should worry about:

  • Texting 
  • Talking on the phone
  • Conversing with passengers
  • Eating and drinking
  • Daydreaming
  • Smoking

All of these things, among others, can and probably will take your attention away from the road. And when that happens, the risk of an accident goes through the roof. Here are some steps you can take to prevent these distractions, among others, from sneaking up on you:

  • Turn off your phone: If your phone is off, you’re not tempted to text or make a phone call. Even better, place the phone out of reach, so you don’t attempt to turn it on and use it.
  • Set your vehicle controls before hitting the road: This includes things such as your radio, climate control system and GPS. When you do this before driving, you don’t have to concern yourself with it while you should be paying attention to the road.
  • Warn your passengers: Let your passengers know that you can’t be distracted while driving. This doesn’t mean you have to sit in silence, but you shouldn’t do anything that takes your attention away from the road.

Even when you’re 100 percent focused on the road, you may spot another driver who isn’t. These are the people who put your health and well-being at risk. If a distracted driver causes an accident, move to safety, call for help and take every step necessary to protect your legal rights.