Whether you’re 16 or 60, driving while distracted is extremely dangerous for yourself, your passengers and others on the road. To help you stay safe and focused while behind the wheel, here are a few tips for preventing distracted driving:
- Set your GPS while stationary. Not sure how to get to your destination? Enter the address into your GPS prior to hitting the road, or have a passenger direct you. If you need to reset your GPS or consult a map along the way, be sure to pull over in a safe location.
- Secure your belongings before heading out. Items such as water bottles and luggage tend to shift around on the floor while you’re driving, tempting you to reach down and put them back in place. However, doing so distracts you from the road, so it’s best to place loose items in the trunk or another secure spot where they won’t move around.
- Make necessary adjustments while stopped. Before departing for a trip, be sure to check the position of your seat/mirrors and adjust them if needed. Refrain from changing the climate setting or radio while driving – taking your eyes off the road for even a split second can result in an accident. If you absolutely need to make an adjustment while driving, wait until you’ve come to a complete stop.
- Don’t groom and drive. If you’re running late, you may be tempted to put on makeup or do other personal grooming tasks while driving. But keep in mind that perfecting your appearance isn’t worth endangering yourself and others.
- Never try to tend to children or pets while behind the wheel. If you’re traveling with a child or a pet and they require attention, don’t reach into the back of the car to try to meet their needs while continuing to drive – this can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Instead, pull over in a place where you are at a safe distance from passing cars and put your four-way flashers on.
By following these tips from our experienced distracted driving lawyer in Bucks County, you can avoid causing a motor vehicle accident.
Injured By a Distracted Driver? File Your Case Today!
Distracted driving accidents can result in life-altering or deadly injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed by a distracted driver, it’s time to get in touch with Mr. Gary P. Heslin. As the distracted driving attorney Bucks County residents have depended on for more than 30 years, Mr. Heslin will carefully consider the details of your case and help you seek compensation from the negligent party.
To request a free consultation with our Bucks County distracted driving lawyer, call (215) 332-0300 now. And if you travel on foot in Philadelphia or another city, be sure to read our pedestrian safety tips. We hope you have a fun and safe end of October!