With billboards, fast food places and personal cellphones all vying for everyone’s attention, distracted driving is easier than ever in Maryland. Read below for some distracted driving tips that can help you stay safe on the road.
Only use your phone for emergencies
Your phone should be used for emergencies only. To prevent unnecessary distractions while you are driving, such as text notifications, have your phone set to mute and place your phone somewhere in your vehicle screen-side down.
Bring lunch with you to work
It is tempting in this day and age to want to grab a quick bite to eat at a fast-food restaurant while you are going to work or going home from work. Avoid this temptation by bringing a packed lunch with you. This way, you do not have to drive and eat at the same time.
Take a nap if you need to
Driving when you are feeling drowsy is not only distracting, but it’s also incredibly dangerous. Driving while you are drowsy is akin to driving while you are drunk, in that drowsiness increases the likelihood of you getting into a crash. If you feel tired, simply pull off the road and take a nap. Getting home faster is not worth getting into a car crash.
Get an idea of where you are going before you get in the car
You need to get an idea of where you are going before you start to drive because you do not want to keep checking your GPS while you are trying to drive. While GPS devices certainly make getting to your destination easier, looking at one for even a few seconds can cause an accident that results in personal injury. Get a few glimpses of where you are going beforehand, and rely on the GPS voice as little as possible to avoid this form of distracted driving.
If you have gotten in an accident due to distracted driving, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer could help you get the best outcome for your case.