Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents, injuries, and deaths in Canada. It is against the law and puts yourself, your passengers, and others at risk. Unfortunately, we live in a world full of distractions and sometimes it can be hard to remain focused. Here are some tips to keep you alert, safe, and responsible on the road.
Distracted Driving Prevention Tips
Make sure your seat and mirrors are adjusted properly to your preference before you begin driving. You should also set the temperature and radio station to what you like before you set off to minimize too much fiddling with dials as you drive.
Don’t Use Your Phone While Driving
Just don’t use your phone when you’re driving. This means refraining from answering calls, texting, looking up directions, and anything else that involves shifting your focus to your phone. Put it on silent and out of reach while driving. If you really need to use it, pull over safely to do so.
Don’t Drive Drowsy
If you’re tired, don’t risk nodding off behind the wheel. Pull over and park somewhere safe, take a power nap in your car, drink some water, and don’t start driving again until you feel alert.
Secure Children and Pets
Make sure all pets and children are safely secured before you get behind the wheel. You’re not going to be able to fully focus on the road if Fido is trying to crawl into your lap.
Plan Your Route in Advance
Before you head off, plan out your route, look up directions and program your GPS if you’re using one. This way, you will not be tempted to start searching maps on your phone or fumbling with the GPS while driving.
If you or your loved one has been injured due to distracted driving, contact Hoogbruin and Company now to find out whether any compensation is owed to you.