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4 ways to reduce distractions while driving

Many of the car accidents that occur each year are not the result of drunk driving or using a cell phone. Instead, they are a result of getting distracted while behind the wheel.

A 2011 report showed that nearly 30,000 crashes were the result of distracted driving. This is far more than there should be. Fortunately, a few simple steps help limit a driver’s distractions while operating a vehicle.

1. Set controls before departing

Drivers should not fiddle with controls while driving. Before venturing out onto the road, set the radio to a favorite station and keep the AC at a comfortable temperature. Taking one’s eyes off the road for a second to adjust settings can result in a collision.

2. Avoid Multitasking

It can be tempting to do other things when the sole focus should be on driving. Many drivers are caught doing the following:

  • Eating
  • Applying makeup
  • Texting
  • Shaving

If a driver is hungry, it is best to eat before leaving or wait until reaching the destination. Driving should be the only thing done within a vehicle.

3. Secure Children or Pets

It is dangerous to constantly look toward the back seat to make sure kids or pets are safe. Before leaving, check with kids to make sure they are buckled in and have any snacks or toys they need to remain entertained. For pets, invest in a crate to keep them in one spot.

4. Get Plenty of Sleep

When a driver feels tired, it can be tempting to go faster to try to reach home as soon as possible to take a nap. However, this is dangerous. If drivers start feeling drowsy, they need pull off to the side of the road. It is better to take a quick power nap than endanger the lives of others.

All drivers need is to take a few precautions to stay safe on roadways. With fewer distractions, the chances of ending up in an accident are often greatly reduced. 

 

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.

Matt Mulhern

Attorney Matt Mulhern

Mr. Mulhern has over 25 years of legal experience and a 100 percent success rate arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has a unique knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies and how they will dispute your injury claim. He practices in both Missouri and Kansas.