In our final post for National Distracted Driving Awareness month, I am sharing ten great tips for avoiding distracted driving. If we can all work a little harder to follower these suggestions, we can make our roads and highways much safer.
Top Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving
1. Cell phones — turn off all cell phones, or place them out-of-reach to avoid the urge to dial or answer. If travelling with a passenger is, ask them to deal with any calls or texts.
2. Music and other controls — pre-program radio stations for easy access and arrange music (mp3 player, CDs, etc.) in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and heat/AC before traveling, or ask a passenger to assist.
3. Navigation — designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, entered destinations into a GPS device or phone in advance of driving.
4. Eating and drinking — avoid food and beverage, or at least messy food. Make sure that food and drinks are placed where they won’t fall.
5. Children — teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle; do not underestimate how distracting it can be to tend to children while driving.
6. Don’t drive drowsy — if you are tired, pull off the road. If you feel tired, get off the road; don’t try to get home more quickly. Drowsiness increases the risk of a crash by nearly four times
7. No multi-tasking — While a car can seem like a mobile office, making calls, sending text messages and conducting business should not be done when driving. Focus on the road and the drivers around you. Get everything settled before you start driving.
8. Avoid “rubber-necking” or “gawking” — getting distracted by activity outside of the task of driving reduces focus on safe driving. When passing crashes, fire scenes, etc., pay attention to the road ahead and vehicles around you.
9. Passengers — don’t be afraid to speak up to stop drivers from distracted driving behavior.
10. Finally — When making or receiving a call, ask if the person is driving. If so, ask them to call back at a safer time.
Work to Stamp Out Distracted Driving
As a member of the National Advisory Board for APITLA, I have made a commitment to eliminate distracted driving from our roadways. Please join me in raising awareness about these dangerous habits by promoting National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
As an organization, APITLA — the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America — has pledged to work aggressively within the law through learning, legislation and litigation to achieve its mission of dramatically reducing the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths across America that are caused by those trucking companies who are unsafe.