Breaking the Cycle of Distracted Driving

In our increasingly busy society, multitasking has become second nature to us all. Unfortunately, when that multitasking extends into our drive time, serious consequences can arise. Cell phones, radios, navigation, grooming, eating – all of these things cause distractions for drivers. Unfortunately, these distractions can kill. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 3,150 people were killed and 424,000 were injured in auto accidents involving distracted drivers in 2013.

While distracted driving has become second nature to us, it is a habit that can be broken with a little work and attention. Here are a few ways you can reduce distractions while behind the wheel.

  1. Put the phone away. Placing your phone in a bag in a trunk or other area where you cannot reach it will make it impossible for you to be tempted to take calls, send and receive texts or otherwise access your phone while driving.
  2. Use an anti-texting and driving app. If you cannot be without your phone while on the road, you can still eliminate texts while driving by using an app that will disable the text function on your phone while you drive. Some apps, like Live2Txt even send a message to anyone that texts you, letting them know that you are on the road and unable to respond. If there is an emergency, they can call you – just be sure you have hands-free technology in your vehicle.
  3. Manipulate your media while stopped. We all love listening to tunes or catching up on the latest news when we’re driving. However, changing stations on your car stereo or electronic device can cause a life-changing accident. If you must change the station, wait until you are stopped to do so. If possible, use steering wheel mounted controls to reduce the time your attention is away from the road.
  4. Groom at home. Shaving, brushing your teeth, applying make-up – these are all things that can and should be done at home, or if you’re running late – at work in the bathroom.
  5. Don’t eat in your car. As tempting as it may be to grab that burger and eat on the road, trying to manage a meal and pay attention to traffic takes a lot of extra effort. Try to plan ahead and either eat at home or make time to stop and enjoy your meal in the restaurant.

The leading cause of worker fatalities in Indiana is highway auto accidents, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (2013). Engaging in other tasks while driving increases the risk of getting into a crash. Planning ahead and making safe driving a priority can help make our roads safer.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident involving a distracted driver, contact the experienced Indiana distracted driver attorneys at Jacobs Law. Call us today at (317) 794-2024, or request a free consultation online. Our top priority is to achieve the best possible result for each and every client.