Avoid distracted driving with these simple tips

There are several guidelines drivers should follow to ensure they do not succumb to the temptation to become distracted behind the wheel.

Distracted driving is a serious problem in Illinois and throughout the rest of the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,000 people are injured in distracted driving collisions and approximately 9 people are killed in related accidents on a daily basis. Although certain laws can be put in place to reduce the distracted driving problem, drivers can also take certain precautions to stay safe on the road.

Guidelines to follow

The Illinois State Police has the following recommendations for preventing distracted driving:

  • Stop before using a cellphone-Drivers who struggle with using their phone while driving may want to turn off their cellphone completely before driving. Drivers should also learn how to use hands-free technology in case a call is unavoidable, if possible.
  • Be mindful of multitasking-Drivers should avoid grooming themselves during their commute, looking at a GPS device for direction or engaging in any other activity that takes their full attention away from driving.
  • Avoid touching dials-Adjusting mirrors, changing the radio and altering the air conditioning are all actions that can create unsafe distractions while driving.
  • Pull over to eat and drink-Drive-thru restaurants and cup holders make it tempting to eat while on the go. Drivers should avoid doing this if possible to enhance their safety while driving.

Parents should also avoid trying to take care of their children and drive at the same time. Parents who need to attend to their children while they are travelling should stop and pull over to a safe place.

Why is texting and driving so dangerous?

Although many different activities pose a threat to drivers, passengers and pedestrians, texting and driving is one of the most dangerous because it combines the three major types of distraction. These include manual, cognitive and visual distraction.

Manual distraction occurs when drivers remove their hands from the steering wheel while visual distraction occurs when drivers take their eyes off of the road. Cognitive distraction happens when drivers no longer mentally focus on the road in front of them.

Contact an attorney

Distracted driving collisions in Illinois can cause serious emotional, financial and physical harm for all victims involved, and these consequences may last for several months or even years. For this reason, drivers harmed in a distracted driving accident in Illinois should reach out to an attorney in their area for assistance asserting their rights to fair and proper compensation.