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How Can I Avoid Distracted Driving?

It’s estimated that as many as nine people a day lose their lives to distracted driving accidents occurring in the U. S. Dangerous behaviors that prevent you from remaining focused on the road must be avoided, which is why it’s crucial that drivers in Maryland take caution when behind the wheel. The following safe-driving tips from Geico can help curb bad habits and preserve the safety of motorists as well as passengers.

Limit Use of Smart Phones

Distracted driving and smart phone usage is inextricably linked in most people’s minds. Even hands-free devices can be dangerous while driving, as they will pull your attention away from the task at hand. Accordingly, it’s best that you limit smart phone usage to only those times when the vehicle is stopped and in park. If it’s a legitimate emergency, pull over in a safe area before using your smart phone. 

Never Drive Fatigued

Driving tired can also lead to increased distractions. While you may be eager to make it home in a hurry, if you’re too tired to drive, it’s best that you pull over and get some rest before continuing. Driving while fatigued is believed to be a cause in numerous accidents, especially when a person is so tired he or she actually falls asleep behind the wheel.

Keep Activity to a Minimum

If you have a few passengers in your vehicle, make sure they’re also aware of safe driving practices. Conversations can be distracting while driving, so they should be kept to a minimum. In addition, it’s important for those traveling in a vehicle to behave appropriately. Screaming, loud laughing, or moving around unexpectedly can all distract the driver, and increase the risk of accident as a result.

 

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