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Distracted Driving Awareness Month: 3 Tips for Road Concentration

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Distracted driving kills approximately nine people per day and injures over 1,000 in the U.S. Together, we can lower these numbers, but only if we decide to focus on driving every time we get behind the wheel.


There are three types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive.


Visual distractions cause your eyes to focus on things other than the road such as looking out your driver's side window at the scenery or looking for items on the floor of your car.


Manual distractions involve you physically taking your hands off the steering wheel. Some examples include: eating, drinking, or rifling through your wallet or purse.


Cognitive distractions occur when your mind is sidetracked while driving such as when you are daydreaming or experiencing road rage.


Here are three essential concentration tips that can help you and other drivers stay safe while on the road:


1. Keep your phone on silent and out of reach.

The best way to avoid being distracted is to eliminate the problem before you start the engine. Turn your phone on silent when you're in the car; even hearing the ringtone or notification sound can distract you. It may be helpful to put your cell phone in the glove compartment or in your purse/wallet where you can't reach it. The text messages and work calls aren't worth risking your life.


2. Just pull over.

When in doubt, just pull over. This can be the best decision to make when you're tired or upset, as it puts you in a safe place to re-energize and calm down. It's also an easy way to control unruly passengers, adjust dashboard settings, etc.


3. Be a planner.

Developing your planning and organizational habits can help you stay focused during important situations like driving. Being prepared (leaving for work earlier, keeping appointments and deadlines in a calendar, etc.) can lessen physical and emotional stress, thus letting your brain focus on the task at hand.


Help create awareness in your community by signing up to receive Distracted Driving Awareness Month materials and sharing them on social media.


Have you been involved in an accident caused by distracted driving? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. McCarron Law Firm is here for you 24/7. Call us today at 309-820-1010 or visit us online.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019