Every Pennsylvanian driver should know that distraction behind the wheel is dangerous. Still, people make mistakes and have momentary lapses in judgment.
However, state and federal agencies are urging every motorist to refocus their attention on avoiding distracted driving this month: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Preventing accidents by paying attention
Distracted driving accidents are preventable; every person can stop them from happening by staying focused on driving whenever they are on the road. While this may sound simple enough, some people underestimate just how distracting certain behaviors can be.
That is why today can be an excellent time to refocus and refresh your understanding of the distractions to avoid while driving. Some things you can do include:
- Keeping your phone out of reach
- Pulling over if you need to send a message or type something into your GPS
- Eating before you get in the car or when you’ve reached your destination
- Tending to your children or pets when you are stopped
- Taking extra time before driving if you are very mad, sad or upset
- Limiting the number of passengers with you
- Performing any grooming activities outside your vehicle
- Setting up the music or podcast you want to listen to before you get on the road
These actions might take a few extra seconds or they may take no time at all. Thus, all drivers are capable of practicing them whenever they drive somewhere.
Spotting a distracted driver
Putting away your distractions can significantly improve your safety on the road. However, you could still be at risk when other drivers choose not to take these same precautions.
For this reason, being able to tell when other drivers may be distracted can be helpful. Be mindful of drivers who are:
- Drifting out of their lane
- Running stop signs or red lights
- Failing to move when a light turns green
- Braking erratically
- Driving much slower than other cars
- Turning without using a blinker
- Making sudden stops
If you see drivers doing these things, they could be distracted, so it is wise to avoid them.
If you do get into a crash and suspect a distracted driver could be at fault, it can be crucial to understand your legal options and the financial remedies that may be available. You can contact the Quinn Law Firm at 814-806-2518 to discuss your case.