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How to stop distracted driving once and for all

Even the most cautious drivers fall prey to distractions every now and again. Unfortunately, if you're not paying attention to the road, there's a better chance that you'll be part of a motor vehicle accident.

The good thing is that any driver can change their ways. Even if you've made mistakes in the past, you don't have to do so in the future.

Here are some tips that can help you avoid distracted driving in the future:

  • Put your cellphone away: Since this type of technology is a top cause of distracted driving, put your smartphone away while you're operating a motor vehicle. Better yet, make it difficult to reach, such as by placing it in the trunk. This will protect against your trying to find it while driving.
  • Don't let passengers distract you: By limiting the number of people in your vehicle, you lessen the likelihood that one of them will distract you. If you must have a full car, let everyone know that you need to be paying attention to the road.
  • Remain alert: If you're drowsy for any reason, such as a lack of sleep the night before, pull over to safety. Driving drowsy is a big problem that can lead to additional distractions, such as a loud radio.
  • Don't eat and drink while driving: You do this to save time, but it's actually increasing the risk of an accident.
  • Don't adjust vehicle controls while you're in motion: This includes the radio, climate control and GPS. Since this isn't always reasonable, if you must make an adjustment do so while keeping both eyes on the road.

Following these basic tips will make it easier for you to stop distracted driving once and for all.

While you're doing your best to focus on the road and avoid trouble, you may come across another driver who's not doing the same. Instead, this person is all over the road, perhaps because they're texting or talking on the phone.

If you're part of a distracted driving motor vehicle accident, pull to safety, call 911 and then check yourself for injuries.

Let police figure out what went wrong as you receive medical treatment. After that, you can then take steps to hold the distracted driver responsible for the accident, your injuries and other damages.

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