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What Is Distracted Driving and How Can I Prevent It?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2018 | Car Accidents |

Among the many hazards facing drivers in San Antonio, distracted driving ranks pretty high. More than just using a mobile device behind the wheel, distracted driving encompasses a range of seemingly innocuous behaviors, including conversing with passengers and eating behind the wheel. To prevent potentially deadly accidents from occurring, the Federal Communications Commission offers the following advice.

Set an Example for Other Drivers

Statistics show that distracted driving harms more than 1,000 motorists on a daily basis in the U.S. Accordingly, it’s up to each driver to behave responsibly when operating a vehicle in order to set a good example. This is especially important with new drivers; young people are the most susceptible to distracted driving behaviors and coupled with their relative in experience this can make fore a deadly combo. Keep your eyes on the road at all times, and only text/talk/set your GPS when your vehicle is stopped.

Get Acquainted With State Laws

Not only is distracted driving dangerous, it’s also illegal in most states. For instance, 47 states have banned texting while driving, and being caught doing so can lead to hefty fines and punishments. In Texas, texting behind the wheel was banned in 2017, and drivers caught in the act face a $99 fine for the first offense, with each additional offense totaling $200.

Provide Info to New Drivers

As stated above, young people often engage in distracted driving behaviors more than older drivers. That’s why it’s crucial you provide any young drivers you know with the facts on distracted driving. Let them know that this practice is just as deadly as drunk driving, and that when they drive distracted they imperil themselves as well as other motorists. Instill in them the importance of remaining alert and aware behind the wheel, which will allow them to react appropriately to unexpected occurrences.