Responsible drivers in and around Lafayette know that distracted driving often gets people seriously hurt in auto accidents. But it can seem like you are in the minority sometimes when you see other drivers texting or talking on their cellphones. You do your best to stay away from distracted drivers. But you can never tell when one of them will ram you from behind because they did not see the light turn red, T-bone you at an intersection because they drove through a stop sign, or otherwise put you and your family in danger.
Distracted driving car accidents are virtually 100 percent preventable. If you know a chronically distracted driver or if you could use a couple of tips yourself, here are five strategies for eliminating potential distractions while on the road.
- Put away your phone. The simplest thing you can do to reduce distractions is to put your cellphone out of sight while you are driving. If you must use the GPS app, put the phone in a dashboard mount so that you won’t have to touch it.
- Eat before you leave. Hunger pangs can lead to snacking while driving, which is a form of distracted driving. Try to eat before you get into the car. Or at least pull over to eat.
- Give kids something to do. Parents and caretakers can easily get distracted by a toddler or child who is bored and demanding their attention. Bring along books, toys or a portable video player to keep the kids occupied.
- Take breaks. If you are on a long road trip, you need regular breaks to rest and recharge. Driving while fatigued can make it easier for you to get distracted.
- Plan your route in advance. Messing with a GPS app when you are already underway can lead to a crash. Instead, enter your destination and choose your route before starting the engine.
All it takes is a little self-discipline and concern about public safety to focus on driving.