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Are you too distracted to drive?

Many of us don't think of ourselves as distracted drivers, but the reality is that we all do things that distract us from the road. Try to remember that driving is a major responsibility that you must take seriously. Since distractions are a major cause of car accidents, take some time to learn if you are unwittingly driving distracted so you can protect yourself.

Cellphone use

If you keep your phone next to you while you drive, you may be setting yourself up to use it. The moment the phone rings, you may take your eyes off the road to check the phone. You may even remove a hand from the steering wheel to answer the call or text. Cellphones contribute to thousands of distracted driving accidents around the world each day. To avoid becoming a statistic, keep your phone on silent or put it in your glove compartment so you can ignore it until you get to a safe place to answer it.

Passenger distractions

If you have children or passengers in your car who interact with you while you drive, you are distracted. Try to limit interactions with passengers. Interacting with them can involve taking your eyes off the road, your mind off the task of driving and your hands off the steering wheel. Even if those passengers are your children who are demanding your attention, you should keep their safety in mind. If you must respond to them, pull over to take care of them. You may want to consider providing them with items to keep them occupied while you drive, such as tablets, in-car movies, books and music.

Eating and drinking

Some days, the only time you have to eat is when you are on the road. However, each time you eat and drink while operating your vehicle, you are distracting yourself from the more important task at hand: driving. If you cannot wait, go somewhere you can sit down and eat, or park your car.

What if a distracted driver hits you?

Regardless of how careful you are, it's not possible to control the actions of other drivers. If you are involved in a car wreck caused by a distracted driver, you should seek an attorney for guidance.

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