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Simple tips for avoiding distracted driving

Even with laws in place, distracted driving remains a major problem throughout the United States. Any driver, regardless of age or experience, can fall prey to a distraction while he or she is behind the wheel.

There are many tips that can help you avoid distracted driving, including the following:

  • Only use your cellphone if you are in an emergency situation, such as after a motor vehicle accident
  • If you feel drowsy or ill, don't hesitate to move your car to the side of the road
  • Limit the amount of commotion inside your vehicle, as too many people can cause you to lose track of what's happening around you
  • Avoid eating or drinking while driving
  • Don't attempt to multi-task when you're behind the wheel, such as by programming a GPS system and talking to passengers at the same time

These are the types of things you can do to avoid distracted driving. There is no guarantee that you'll never make a mistake, but following these tips will definitely put you in a better position.

If you find yourself involved in an accident with a distracted driver, don't hesitate to exchange information and wait for police to arrive. Also, if you have suffered an injury, don't turn away medical assistance. Even if you feel okay, you'll want to be checked and treated for injuries.

Once your health is in order, it's time to learn more about the accident and why it happened. This will go a long way in helping you decide what to do next, which may include seeking compensation from the negligent party.

Source: Geico, "Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving," accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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