Distracted driving is a concerning issues in Illinois. With the rise of mobile device use and advances in technology, drivers are having more trouble than ever paying attention to the road. Accidents caused by distracted driving are completely preventable. If a driver is focused on driving only, then such accidents never occur. A person can be a distracted driver and not even realize it. Many of the little things people do when they drive take their focus off the road.
According to Consumer Reports, there are simple things a driver can do to ensure he or she avoids distracted driving. Drivers should plan ahead so they do not have to do anything else when driving. This includes eating, grooming or messing with technology. Cell phones should be silenced or put in an inaccessible location. GPS devices should be set before leaving home. In addition, each driver should become familiar with the controls for the heating and cooling, radio, lights and windshield wipers to prevent having to take their eyes off the road when driving.
Digital Responsibility has additional tips for drivers to help them be safe on the roads and avoid cell phone distractions that lead to car accidents. For example, some cell phones are equipped with automatic messaging that informs a sender the receipient is currently driving. Using this setting can help a driver avoid the urge to read text messages and reply. It can also help to have another person in the vehicle be responsible for the driver’s phone. This person can reply to texts and answer calls.