Tips on Avoiding Distracted Driving - Diamond and Diamond Lawyers
  • Thursday, 30 July 2015

Tips on Avoiding Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors. As a result, Ontario is increasing fines and penalties for distracted drivers. See here for the recent changes and how drivers will be impacted.

Sandra Zisckind of Diamond & Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers provides some tips on avoiding distracted driving:

Before driving:

  1. Know your route. Before hitting the road, review all maps and directions. It’s also a good idea to pre-program your route on a GPS or similar device.
  2. Keep the vehicle clean. Avoid using your car as a storage locker. A messy vehicle contains many distractions.
  3. Stow and secure pets and loose objects. If you find an item moving around, you’re more likely to try and secure it while driving, creating a dangerous distraction.
  4. Pre-set climate controls and the radio prior to driving.

While you’re driving:

  1. Take frequent breaks. On long routes, it’s natural for drivers to become restless and distracted. When possible, take a quick break and grab some fresh air.
  2. Allow phone calls to go to voicemail. If you haven’t connected your phone to a hands-free device before you set off to your destination, allow your phone calls to go to voicemail.
  3. Do not eat or drink. If you’re hungry or thirsty, pull over and take a break.
  4. Do not text, surf the web or read emails. This is one of the most common distractions. The easiest way to avoid using your phone/laptop device is by putting it on silent.
  5. Keep two hands on the wheel. Not only does this provide better control, it also reduces fatigue.

Distracted driving is dangerous both to the driver and those around them.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call Jeremy Diamond, Sandra Zisckind or anyone on the team at Diamond & Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers. We will work tirelessly to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-567-HURT (4878) or visit us here.  

Leave a Reply

 

Get the help you deserve

1-800-567-HURT

Call NOW for a free consultation

Diamond & Diamond Ontario Head Office

255 Consumers Road, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario

>> Learn More

Diamond & Diamond Alberta Head Office

4246 97 Street NW, Unit 100, Edmonton, Alberta

>> Learn More

Diamond & Diamond British Columbia Head Office

1727 West Broadway, Suite 400, Vancouver, British Columbia

>> Learn More

Barrie

17 Poyntz Street

Brampton

341 Parkhurst Square, Suite 5

Calgary

1331 Macleod Trail SE, Suite 420

Edmonton

4246 97 Street NW, Unit 100

Etobicoke

34 Greensboro Dr 2nd Floor

Hamilton

105 Main Street East, Suite 1500

Kelowna

1631 Dickson Avenue Suite 1100

London

256 Pall Mall St, Suite 102

Oakville / Mississauga

2939 Portland Drive, Suite 200

Oshawa

50 Richmond Street E, Unit # 108 B

Ottawa

955 Greenvalley Crescent, Unit 315

Sudbury

144 Elm Street, Suite 201

Surrey

1104 – 13737 96 Ave, Surrey, BC V3V 0C6

Thunder Bay

278 Algoma Street South

Toronto

255 Consumers Road, 5th Floor

Vancouver

1727 West Broadway, Suite 400

Windsor

13158 Tecumseh Rd. E. Unit 3B