How to avoid texting and grooming while driving

On behalf of Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates posted in medical malpractice on Friday, December 8, 2017.

If you are in the habit of using your cellphone when you drive around Bossier City, you are not the only one. According to a study on Wired.com, 88 percent of distances traveled are done by drivers who are using their cellphones while operating their vehicles. Distractions make the roads more dangerous and less predictable.

Most distractions are avoidable, so are many car accidents. You should operate your vehicle without any distractions to keep your full attention on the roads. Here are some ways to reduce the temptation of using distractions while you drive.

Keep the cellphone out of reach

You do not need to turn off your phone. Instead, put it on silent and in the glove compartment, driver console or back seat, somewhere you cannot easily reach and grab it. The further away it is from the steering wheel, the less likely you are to go reaching for it. You should not think you can safely drive and send and read texts. Drivers who text while operating their cars are 23 times more likely to crash them, states Curiosity.com.

Think of the dangers

Distractions make it harder for you to see and anticipate hazards that increase your risk of accidents. You lose valuable time that you could use to avoid near accident situations. Even if you have never been involved in a car accident, especially one that involves distractions, you should still consider the impact that injuries and death can have on your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Do your personal grooming before driving

There may be times where you are running late for work and other commitments, but that does not give you the right to finish getting ready while you drive. If you must, start your preparations at night and get up earlier so you have enough time to fix your hair, makeup and other grooming needs at home. You could also postpone them until your vehicle is in park.

It may seem hard for you to keep your full focus on the roads. However, by making a conscious effort to avoid distractions, you increase the odds for a safe and accident-free commute significantly.

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