Distracted driving leads to a large number of auto accidents. A distraction while driving can be visual, cognitive and manual.
One of the most prevalent causes of auto accidents is texting while driving. Phones can be immensely distracting. They’ll typically ring when a consumer gets a text or call. And, social media apps may send users notifications.
Drivers can reduce the chances of suffering auto accidents by using one of the following tactics to avoid distracted driving:
1. Hide your phone
The first thing people may consider doing is putting their phones in places that can’t be reached while driving. The most common places to put phones in the car are the glovebox, back seat, purse or backpack. If the driver still has too much access to their phone, they may also try putting their phone in the trunk.
2. Put your phone on “do not disturb” mode
Most phones have ways to silence calls and texts, such as do not disturb mode. Some phones have a driving mode that detects when a car is moving and silences calls and texts and notifies people when someone is driving.
3. Turn off your phone
A driver may consider turning off their phone entirely. The driver won’t see or hear any texts or calls when their phone is off. Text and calls should still appear once the phone is turned back on.
4. Give your phone to a passenger
If a driver is expecting a call, it may help to give the phone to someone else in the car. The passenger can be on standby waiting for the call or text. The passenger can then respond to the call or text, allowing the driver to focus on the road.
A distracted driving accident can cause severe injuries and losses. Victims may need to learn about their legal rights following an accident.