Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving from Greene and Phillips

David Greene from Greene & Phillips joined us on Studio10 with some safety tips about distracted driving. 

The content below was provided by Greene and Phillips:

So many accidents that our firm is involved in include some element of distracted driving.

One case in particular stands out in my mind where a truck driver was looking down at his radio and blew through a red light crashing into the car of a young lady who because of the crash experienced significant brain damage and paralyzation. You’ve really got to keep your eyes and attention on the road.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how text messaging can be dangerous while you drive.

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the entire length of a football field blindfolded.

If you get a text message while driving, think to yourself, is it worth risking my life or someone elses life by reading and answering this message.

A quarter of teen drivers respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving. This is a really big problem.

Just talking on the phone contribute to about 1/3rd of all accidents. Although people like to think they can multitask, cognitive research suggests that the brain tends to focus on one major activity at a time.

Talking on a cell phone may cause “inattention blindness” to anything else going on at the same time. Drivers talking with passengers, however, tend to stop talking when a traffic problem develops. The person on the other end of the telephone continues talking regardless of the situation because they are not aware of what’s going on.

An important thing you can do to prevent distracted driving is if you have a passenger, allow them to read and respond to important text messages. Allow them to adjust the radio, or find items to play or program the GPS. As a driver, do whatever you can to make sure your attention is on the road, and not on your gadget and devices.

Also, before you start driving, you can turn your cell-phone on silent so you won’t be distracted by texts or messages. Before you pull out of the parking spot is the time to program your gps, find the radio station you want to listen to, or make last minute calls.

If you have any legal questions regarding distracted driving or any other legal matter, the contact info can be found on Greene and Phillips website: www.greenephillips.com

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