Monday, December 5, 2016


Distracted driving has been an issue for a long time, but has become particularly threatening our technology-centered, fast-paced world. Things like cell phones, fast food, loud music, and even hands-free car infotainment systems all have the power to divert our mental, physical, and cognitive attention, putting drivers at a heightened risk of an accident. While many drivers are aware of the potential dangers of driving with distractions, the message bears repeating: keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel!

Keep these five tips in mind for avoiding distractions while you are driving:

Keep your phone out of sight. Try putting your phone somewhere out of reach (inside of your purse or briefcase, for example) or just switch it off. Out of sight, out of mind.
Stay organized. Have everything you need for your trip organized and in its proper place. This way, when you need something, you won’t have to take your eyes off the road or search around for it.
Use voice commands sparingly. While hands-free technologies were created to be less distracting to drivers, they still take your mind away from the primary task of driving. These systems are still a pretty big source of distraction, so try to only use them when you absolutely need to.
Don’t be afraid of a little quiet time. Most of us are so used to driving with noise that we may forget how easy it is to just shut off the radio and enjoy the silence. You might be surprised how much cutting out the background noise improves your focus and makes tasks like merging or finding the right freeway exit much easier.
Let your passengers do some of the work. As the driver, your job is to get yourself and your passengers to their destination safely, so let your passengers do some of the work! Need to adjust your GPS? Want to adjust the radio station or turn on the air conditioner? Their hands are free!
We at The Florida Law Group hope that you find these tips for minimizing distractions useful. As always, drive safely!

The Florida Law Group represents victims of car accidents caused by distracted drivers. If you have been injured in an accident caused by driver distraction or another preventable error, please consult with a Tampa car accident attorney at our firm about your legal options. Free consultations are available when you call (813) 463-8880.

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