With the snow officially gone and warmer weather ahead, it’s important to remember that the weather is not the only reason accidents happen on the road. Distracted driving is quickly becoming a major cause of motor vehicle collisions.
One of the reasons for this is increased used of cellular phones while behind the wheel. In an effort to reduce these types of distractions, the Government of Ontario has released some tips on how drivers can avoid looking at their phones while on the road.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may suffer from injuries ranging between whiplash to brain and head injuries, or paralysis. It’s important to consult a personal injury lawyer after a motor vehicle collision for a proper assessment of your losses. A personal injury lawyer will help you fight for compensation above the minimum requirements of your insurance policy so you can confidently move forward after the accident.
Tips To Avoid Looking At Your Phone While Driving
After hearing a notification chime from your phone, it can be tempting to think “I’ll just quickly glace at my phone and see who’s messaging me.” However, accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. This is why it’s important to ensure you remain focused on driving while you are on the road. According to the Government of Ontario website, there are four tips to help drivers avoid distractions
- Turn off your phone while you are driving
- Put your phone out of sight, such as in a bag or purse, or in the glove compartment
- Leaving an outgoing message on the phone that lets callers know you are on the road
- Install an app that allows you to block, or send automatic replies, while driving
- Ask passengers to send texts or answer calls for you
- Silence notification chimes
Safety Should Always Come First
Sometimes, you may have to use your phone while you are on the road. In these cases, it’s best to pull over to the side of the road or to a safe area before you answer, or make a call.