Driving safely doesn’t only involve watching out for others who are driving unsafely. It’s up to you to stay focused when behind the wheel to ensure both you and those you share the road with remain safe. Part of this means avoiding any unnecessary distractions. The San Diego car insurance experts at American Tri-Star have put together a list featuring some the top distractions drivers can face.
Daydreaming accounts for more than half of driving accidents. This often happens during commutes where a driver takes the same route regularly and gets comfortable enough to rehash the day’s events. Before starting the car, take a moment after leaving work to sort through the day, which will leave more time to focus on the road and vehicles around you.
Using a Cell Phone
Text messaging while driving is illegal in most of the United States, and many states have disallowed the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Close to 2 million accidents per year are caused by texting during driving, and approximately 11 teens die each year from doing so. Make use of “speech to text” applications on the phone, pull over to respond to urgent texts, or simply refrain from texting while driving to avoid dangerous consequences.
Eating and Drinking
Eating or drinking while driving is the cause of many fatal accidents, often because the driver is more worried about spilling something than focusing on safe driving habits. Plan ahead to eat inside an establishment or in a parked car to avoid this risk.
Dealing with an Animal Inside the Vehicle
Pets running loose in the car or unwelcome guests like insects can create a dangerous driving environment. An overexcited dog or panic from the presence of an insect has caused a large number of vehicle accidents. Invest in pet restraining devices while driving. There are seatbelts designed for car rides with man’s best friend, and remember the damage a bug might cause will likely be much less than an accident on the road.
Adjusting Car Components
Turning the volume up on the radio, switching channels, and adjusting seats and mirrors can lead to a fatal error. Wait until the car is at a complete stop before making any motion that requires eyes off of the road for even a second.
Even drivers who stay away from these distractions can still get into accidents. Make sure you’re protected with cheap San Diego car insurance from American Tri-Star. We also offer affordable motorhome, motorcycle, homeowners, and commercial insurance. Give us a call today at 619-272-2100 for a free quote.