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Tips to prevent distracted driving

Distraction continues to present a significant danger to drivers on Pennsylvania roads and across the nation. Road conditions can change in the blink of an eye, and a distracted motorist is far less likely to notice in time and react quickly to avert an accident.

In today's digital world, smartphones offer a prime source of distraction for everyone. Pennsylvania law makes it illegal to text while driving, recognizing that this activity distracts drivers mentally and also occupies their hands. There are other distractions as well, and you can take steps to minimize the chances that you will lose your focus. 

Phones

Phones top the list of hazardous distractions. Put your phone out of reach and have it on silent to avoid temptation. If you need to use a navigator app on your phone for directions, mute e-mail and text notifications as well as your ringtone. Whether you use your phone or a dedicated GPS device for directions, check your route before leaving your house and turn on voice directions.

Children

Traveling with children can add some unique distractions. To cut down on arguments and demands on longer trips, make sure each child has snacks and entertainment within reach. Do not help them pick up dropped items or settle arguments.

Conversations

Even though you can legally use a hands-free device to talk on your phone, these conversations can reduce your focus on the road. Try to avoid serious or emotionally fraught conversations, because the mental distraction can cause you to miss road hazards.

Even when you do everything right, you cannot get everyone else to do it with you. Distracted driving continues to cause a significant number of crashes. If you become the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to recover damages and other types of compensation. Consult an experienced attorney near you to learn more about the legal recourse you have.

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