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How to Combat Distracted Driving

How to Combat Distracted Driving. Photo by Alexandr Podvalny from Pexels

How to Combat Distracted Driving. Photo by Alexandr Podvalny from Pexels

It’s easy to become distracted while driving, but it’s also extremely dangerous. Distracted driving remains one of the most common causes for car accidents in the United States. If you’re driving at 60 miles an hour, that translates to a speed of 88 feet per second. If you glance down at your cell phone to read an incoming text, or at your French fries so you can keep eating, for even half a second, your car will travel 44 feet before you have a chance to react. A sudden stop from the car in front of you, the emergence of an animal or foreign object on the road, or a gradual drift into another lane could be all it takes to involve you in a collision.

Unfortunately, one of the reasons distracted driving remains such a problem for the roads is because it’s hard to prevent. Laws on texting while driving are starting to become more popular, but they can’t stop people from using their mobile devices 100 percent of the time-nor is texting the only way to become distracted while driving.

All you can do is improve your habits to the best of your ability, to reduce the odds of being involved in a collision due to distracted driving.

Reducing Distractions

For starters, you can reduce distractions in your own life:

Driving Defensively

You can also protect yourself against other distracted drivers by driving more cautiously, such as:

There’s no way to reduce your chances of being involved in a distracted driving accident to zero-there’s always the risk posed by other drivers, and it’s possible to be distracted by something truly unexpected. However, with these strategies, you can reduce the role distractions play in your driving and keep yourself safer overall.

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