Distracted Driving Awareness and Prevention in Frisco, TX
Vehicle crashes can happen quickly and there might not be much, if anything, you can do to avoid being struck by another vehicle. There are, however, things you can do to protect the ones you love. Simply by doing your part by refraining from distracted driving and actively and continually encouraging friends and family to do the same. Being proactive on your part does not guaranty you won’t be struck by another vehicle, but it makes you a safer, more aware driver.
There are three types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. On any given day, you can drive down the road and witness countless distracted drivers talking or texting on their phone, smoking a cigarette, eating lunch, shaving, applying make-up, etc. In some cases, drivers are doing more than one of these in combination while driving. Essentially, anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off the task at hand, is distracted driving and in some cases (depending on the type of distracted driving you are engaging in) can result in your chance of being involved in a car crash 23 times more likely. Distracted driving is a risk that none of us should be taking, especially if we stopped to consider for a moment about the real consequences that a matter of seconds can make in our life or the lives of others.
The single, most important thing you can do before getting behind the wheel is to eliminate the distractions. Other important actions you can take include but are not limited to:
- Ask a passenger to respond for you or wait until later.
- Be an example to your passengers, young and old, by not driving distracted.
- Ensure you are well-rested. Being tired can affect your reaction time, making responses to hazards slower. Part of this is to take breaks from the road every couple of hours if you are driving long distances.
- Use your Bluetooth, or get an adapter for your phone. (It should be noted that studies are showing that even using a hands-free device does not eliminate distraction. Talking on your phone while driving still poses a 4-times greater chance of being in a car crash.)
- Limit the number of passengers and activities in the vehicle.
- Encourage others to stop distracted driving.
Ultimately, whatever message it is that you need to send or to read or to edit or discuss can wait until you have reached your destination. If a message cannot wait, pull your car over and take care of whatever urgency is pending before engaging the operation of your car. Leave the multitasking for later when you are not driving.
Distracted driving is 100% preventable. Do what you can to prevent distracted driving in Frisco, TX, and if needed, call Reynolds and Reynolds Law Firm.
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