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Friday, April 15, 2016

3 Simple Habits to Help Avoid Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and a great opportunity to think about how simple changes in driver behavior can help avoid personal injuries and accidents on our roads. 

 

South of Atlanta is home to a busy stretch of I-75 and bustling surface streets, and distracted drivers that take their eyes off the road for just five seconds are driving 100+ yards blindly if traveling 40 miles per hour or faster, endangering themselves, their passengers, pedestrians and other motorists. 

 

By making these simple habits part of your routine, you are helping eliminate distracted driving:

 

  1. Take a minute (or two) to get organized before driving.  Make it part of your routine to eliminate distractions and before you head out on the road. Although technology is the culprit for many distractions, taking your eyes off the road for any reason is dangerous.  This includes reaching for items or attending to passengers in the back seat.  Getting organized depends on the trip and your passengers, but doing little things such as placing your sunglasses within easy reach, adjusting your seat, securing the lid on your coffee mug, or ensuring your kids and pets are secure and comfortable will go a long way toward safer driving habits. 

  2. Use the time in the car to take a technology detox.  There are many benefits to a technology detox, even a short one.  Even for short drives, turning off your smartphone will help you become more mindful of your driving and be a welcome break from multi-tasking. Plus, most car accidents happen within 25 miles of the home.

  3. Stay Mindful and Empowered.  Even if you are driving a familiar route, conditions can change rapidly and drivers should stay alert and mindful of their surroundings.  Distractions can range from eating and personal grooming to changing radio stations – even fatigue.   Empower yourself to pull over and address anything that needs your immediate attention.

 

In Georgia, most roadway fatalities are caused by a driver failing to maintain their lane, and distracted driving is a serious issue that affects everyone on the road.  For tips on how parents can use technology to end teenagers’ distracted driving, click here.    If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact experienced personal injury law attorney John Webb today via email at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation. 

 

 

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