Distracted driving is just as dangerous as fatigued driving and driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) data shows that 3,142 people died in 2020 from distraction-related vehicle accidents.
Fortunately, drivers can take measures to maintain focus on the road. Here are four ways they can prevent distracted driving.
1. Avoid eating and driving at the same time
Some people eat food while driving to save time, especially during the morning commute. It can cause many issues where an individual takes their eyes off the road, like brushing crumbs off their lap or picking up a food wrapper. It’s best for them to either eat before driving or wait until they reach their destination to consume a meal.
2. Don’t hold a cell phone while driving
Each U.S. state has its own law regarding driving and cellphone use. In North Carolina, drivers under 18 are not allowed to use phones while driving, and drivers of all ages shouldn’t text while driving. Though no law bans adult drivers from using handheld cell phones, it’s much safer for them to save their phone conversation for later.
3. Limit the number of passengers in the vehicle
Having lots of people in the car — especially if they’re shouting and acting rambunctious — increases the risk of contributing to an accident. Drivers can limit the passenger capacity to one or two other people. (This is particularly an essential rule for teen drivers since they’re still learning the ropes.)
4. Keep any young children and pets safe
If they have children or pets, drivers should secure them so they won’t run around and get in the way.
Alas, some drivers refuse to follow safety rules, which usually results in an accident. If you or someone you know suffered an injury due to distracted driving, consider contacting experienced legal assistance to learn about personal injury compensation.