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Keep Distracted Driving On Sarasota’s Roads At Bay With These Suggestions

Distracted driving comes in many shapes and sizes. However, according to the CDC, there are three primary types of distracted driving. They are taking your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, and taking your mind off driving. It is important for Florida motorists to avoid distractions as much as possible and stay focused while behind the wheel. When they fail to do so, that is when disasters occur.

Sometimes, accidents only cause property damage. Then, on other occasions, property damage and injuries enter the mix. Meanwhile, death can be an outcome associated with distracted driving accidents too. For instance, the CDC research shows 3,142 people lost their lives in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2019.

So, now for local drivers on Sarasota’s busiest and most dangerous roads like US 41, US 301 and University Parkway, the question is, “How do you stop distractions?”. The following suggestions should be able to help you in some regards. Hence, stick around and read on if your interest is piqued. Then, you’ll learn about various strategies to keep distracted driving at bay.

Put Your Phone Out Of Sight And Out Of Mind

Smartphones do it all these days. They allow people to access information at their fingertips, play games, and stay connected with family and friends. But while driving, unless you need the device’s GPS program, put it away. Place the unit inside the glovebox or a console to keep it out of sight and out of mind. Other options that may suffice are putting the phone in the backseat or trunk. Then, it will be out of reach, so you won’t attempt to look at texts, read emails, or do other distracting tasks.

Avoid Eating And Driving

Not giving driving your undivided attention can be a recipe for disaster. However, that is exactly what many people do when they eat and drive. It’s easy enough to run through a drive-thru and grab something to satisfy those hunger pangs today. That doesn’t mean you should necessarily do that, though, unless you plan to park and eat. Food spills can pose major distractions and ones that create accidents.

Think about it. If you drop something hot or spill a cold beverage on your lap, you’ll be less attentive to drivers in the vicinity. Thus, if you or one of them make a mistake, a two car or more pile up could enter the picture.

Limit Passengers And Activities Inside The Car

If your car has way more occupants inside it than it should, where do you think your mind will be? Your thoughts are likely to be on all of the people and activities taking place around you than your driving. For example, you get lost in the conversation happening in the backseat and are continually staring into the rearview mirror. The traffic on the highway stops abruptly, but you don’t see it because you’re distracted and strike the car in front of you in the rear.

Obviously, you shouldn’t refrain from carrying occupants in your car. After all, it has other seats for a reason. However, it is a good idea to limit the number of passengers you carry and the types of activities that take place inside your ride. That will keep distractions to a minimum, helping you give your full attention to the road.

A Few Last Words

Have you been injured in an accident by a distracted driver in Florida? If so, you might have the grounds to seek compensation for your damages. Would you like to find out if you have a legitimate restitution claim? Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with an accident attorney.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Keep Distracted Driving On Sarasota’s Roads At Bay With These Suggestions

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