Unfortunately, many common distractions that can cause accidents are not illegal activities, so it is up to each individual driver to be responsible, make good decisions while riding and driving a vehicle, and ensure safe driving. While many are aware that texting or driving under the influence are some of the top causes of many accidents, there are other distractions that should also be avoided.
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Common Distractions that Can Cause Accidents
The Radio. Whether you’re a young teen or an adult, the radio can be a huge distraction while driving. Many people can be distracted from fidgeting with the radio, trying to find a station they like, or trying to change or find certain songs on an iPod.
A radio that is too loud can also be a distraction. The radio should remain at a volume that is tolerable and does not drone out other emergency noises such as sirens, ambulances or even other cars honking to get your attention.
Pick a CD or playlist you enjoy for the duration you are in a vehicle to avoid taking your hands off the wheel. If you have a passenger, ask him or her to change the station or find something you both enjoy and keep the radio at a level that allows you to hear all outside noises.
The Passengers. You may have all of your attention on the road but if your passengers are distracting, then this may causeyou to take your eyes off the road long enough to cause an accident.If any passengers, such as children are causing distractions, then it is the responsibility of the driver to pull over. Remind children to bring a handheld device or toy into the car prior to leaving home or school in order to ensure they stay entertained for the car ride and to avoid distractions.
Know Your Route. Technology has allowed drivers to use Smartphones and a GPSto help them find routes and maps. While these tools have proven to be incredibly useful and helpful, they can also be equally as distracting as looking at a paper map.
Be sure to enter the address of a destination into the phone or GPS system before leaving. Turn the product’s volume up loud enough to ensure all of the directions are heard to avoid looking at the device every several seconds. If a wrong turn is made, then the driver should pull over to find the correct route. Drivers should avoid fidgeting with a device while driving at all costs.
Other Helpful Tips. Other distractions that can be avoided while on the road include:
- Avoiding all cell phone use; use a hands-free device such as Bluetooth
- Fidgeting or playing with hair or make-up while driving
- Eating; stop to eat or eat before or after the trip
Involved in a Car Accident? Contact Cohn & Smith
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and where you felt distracted or where the other driver was distracted, contact Cohn & Smith today at (954)-431-8100 for a free consultation. We will take the time to see that you receive the justice and proper settlement you deserve for any injuries, pain or suffering. We stand firmly behind the belief that all drivers should have one priority: focusing on the road.