Having become the center of attention in recent days, distracted driving has worked its way into the lexicon and become a major concern of those interested in maintaining the highest levels of safety when operating a motor vehicle. That said there are some simple tips that can be incorporated into driving a vehicle that can greatly reduce the chances of being involved in an accident as a result of distracted driving.
Turning Off Electronic Equipment
For example, perhaps one of the easiest and most obvious ways of avoiding distracted driving related accidents is to turn off any electronic devices that are being used in a vehicle. From a cell phone to an MP3 player or even a game device, turning off electronic equipment in a vehicle is the easiest way to avoid an accident. In fact, many drivers choose to make this a part of a pre-trip checklist that is designed to maximize safety. Just as fastening a seatbelt is second nature, turning off electronic devices should be second nature as well.
Equally important is to let friends and family members know you will be driving and where you will be going. This will help them to determine when the best time to call will be as a way to avoid distracting the driver. Letting others know that you will be temporarily unable to answer the telephone or receive a text can help to create a safer and more secure driving experience. There are even mobile applications available today that can provide this very type of service in an automated fashion.
Still Being In Contact
Finally, if a call does come in while operating a motor vehicle it is best to simply pull off to the side of the road and take the call. Stopping the car and securing the vehicle by applying the brake and ensuring that the vehicle is in park can make talking on the phone in a vehicle safe and acceptable. As an added note, those operating a motor vehicle can simply choose to delegate the task of making a call to a passenger in the car. This is an easy way to continue driving safely while still being in contact. Contact The Van Norman Law Firm, a Phoenix personal injury attorney if you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of another person.