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Minimizing distractions for safer driving

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2023 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The Virginia Highway Safety Office reported that over 118,000 accidents occurred in 2021 across the state. Many of those accidents happened because the drivers had distractions that took their attention from the road.

Every second counts while you are driving. A split-second distraction can lead to an accident with severe consequences. Therefore, removing distractions becomes an important part of staying safe while driving.

Create a pre-drive routine

Before you start driving, take the time to make any necessary adjustments. Set your GPS, adjust your mirrors and make sure your seat and steering wheel are in comfortable positions. Doing this before setting off minimizes the need to make these adjustments while driving.

Manage in-car electronics

Many car accidents result from drivers focusing on their in-car electronics rather than on the road. Avoid changing radio stations or adjusting your GPS while driving. If your car has voice control features, use them to manage your electronics while keeping your eyes on the road.

Limit mobile phone use

Mobile phones are one of the leading causes of distractions. Turning off your phone or setting it to “Do Not Disturb” mode while driving can help eliminate this source of distraction. If you get a phone call you must answer, pull over to the side of the road before you answer it.

Address passenger-related distractions

Passengers can be a significant source of distraction, especially for young drivers. Ensure your passengers understand the importance of minimizing distractions. If you have children in the car, make sure they have safe, quiet activities that will not demand your attention.

Avoiding distractions while driving is a vital part of being a safe driver. By knowing how to remove distractions, you can significantly enhance your safety on the road.