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Avoid distracted driving as if your life depended on it

When you are behind the wheel, your full attention should be on the road. However, that does not stop plenty of people from looking elsewhere while driving, and sometimes, it can have fatal consequences. In 2016, 3,450 people lost their lives due to distracted driving, reveals the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

GHSA Estimates 5,984 Pedestrians Were Killed in 2017 finding distracted driving to be a primary cause. 

There are several steps you can take to be a safer driver and avoid a car accident. It may not be enough to keep your smartphone in your pocket. You may want to keep it in the glove box or trunk. That way you do not even feel the vibration of a text or phone call that would tempt you to look at your phone. Here are other ways you can reduce the number of distractions to contend with while driving. 

Limit the level of activity inside your car

Teens have a limit on the total number of people who can be inside a car. However, adults may want to abide by the same principle. It feels distracting to have a ton of people talking about various topics. You should also make sure your passengers do not get too rambunctious.

Any pets you bring with you should be inside a crate, so they do not walk around inside the vehicle when it moves. It is perhaps for this reason an Oregon lawmaker wanted to ban dogs from sitting in the drivers' laps. Residents of Pennsylvania can take a lesson from this and simply avoid having dogs roaming around the car regardless of what the law explicitly states. 

Eat before you drive

When people are short on time, they have a tendency to eat behind the wheel. If you do this, it forces you to take one hand off the wheel, which is dangerous if you suddenly need to react to a change in the road. You could also spill something on your clothes, which forces you to look down. It is better to plan enough time to eat before you drive. 

Map it out beforehand

Even if you need GPS in the car, you should look through the map before driving. You may receive confusing directions, and you could look at your phone while driving. Instead, you need to identify any problem areas well in advance, so you can anticipate them. 

 

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