Distracted Man Texting On Mobile Phone While Driving

Distracted driving can lead to serious accidents. Despite the obvious dangers, many people still use their cell phones and engage in other risky behaviors while behind the wheel. Here are some ways to keep yourself, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians safe.

Get Everything Ready Before You Start Driving

Eating while driving will require you to take at least one hand off the wheel. If you spill something and try to clean it up while driving, you’ll be even more distracted and less able to focus on the road. Eat before your trip.

If you’re traveling with young kids, make sure they have activities and snacks to keep them occupied. Put things they might want or need in the backseat before you leave home so you won’t have to find something for them while you’re driving.

Don’t Use Your Phone Behind the Wheel

Taking your eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, can lead to a crash. Don’t use your cell phone while you’re driving.

Many people are so addicted to their smartphones that they can’t resist the urge to talk, text, or check notifications while driving. If you can’t trust yourself not to look at your phone while you’re behind the wheel, then put the phone in a place where you won’t be able to reach it, such as inside your purse in the backseat. 

You can also use technology to avoid distracted driving. Cellphone blocking technology can keep you from talking or texting while operating a vehicle.

Focus on the Road, Not Your Passengers

When you’re traveling with one or more other people in the car, it’s natural to engage in conversation, but you should keep it to a minimum so you can pay attention to where you’re going and what’s happening around you. This is particularly important if you’re traveling in poor weather, visiting an unfamiliar area, or driving in a place where it’s easy to make a wrong turn or miss an exit. Tell your passengers if you need to avoid talking so you can focus on the road. 

Pull over If Necessary

A problem might arise during your trip. You might have to make an emergency phone call, clean up a mess that your kids made, or deal with another issue. Find a safe place to pull over, take care of the problem, then get back to driving.

Review Your Insurance Coverage

The beginning of the year is a good time to review your car insurance coverage. The team at Petruzelo Insurance can discuss your current policy, figure out if it still fits your needs, and help you compare quotes from other companies to find out if you can save money. Contact us today to learn more.