Did you know that distracted driving is becoming the leading cause of traffic accidents? According to the National Safety Council, as many as 40,000 people died in auto accidents last year, which is the highest number since 2007.
One factor that contributes to this statistic is the increasing number of people who own smartphones. Whether it’s texting, talking, eating – or anything that takes the driver’s attention off the road, a crash can be the unfortunate result of that.
The good news is that there are a few simple steps you can take to keep yourself safer on the road:
1. Don’t use your phone while driving. If you have to make a call, make sure to link your vehicle’s hands-free system ahead of time if it’s equipped with one. Do check your local laws and regulations on what’s allowed.
2. Plan ahead and allow extra time so you’re not in a rush. If you’re using GPS to navigate, be aware that it may not always be accurate due to road construction or other factors.
3. Observe speed limits. Going over the speed limit means that it takes more time to make an emergency stop, which means you’re more likely to get into an accident.
4. Have a plan in case of an accident. Be sure to carry an up-to-date insurance card, and print out an accident report form like this one and keep it in your glove compartment.