Distracted driving happens to people on Georgia highways every day, causing accidents and close calls involving other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. In fact, the human brain is prone to constantly switching its attention from one thing to another, which means that drivers need to be cognizant of their limits and surroundings in order to maintain focus on the road.
Here are a few ways that you can avoid distracted driving while operating a motor vehicle on Georgia roads.
Talk or text first
If you are meeting someone at your destination, get in touch with them before you head out to let them know you are on your way. If something comes up while you are driving and you need to contact someone right away, find a safe place to pull off while completing your call or message.
Consider the number of passengers
Engaging with other passengers in the car can be a form of distracted driving. This is especially true if the passengers are loud or rambunctious. Consider how many people you feel you can safely have in the car with you while driving, and stick to that number. This goes for animals like uncrated dogs in the vehicle as well.
Know your limits
Driving while sleepy can lead to being more easily distracted, so be aware of how tired you are and the effects that fatigue has on you.
Distracted driving can have grave consequences, but knowing some of the ways to avoid driving while distracted can help keep everyone who is on the road safer.