People do some crazy things while driving like eating, playing on their phone, sending text messages, and even doing their makeup! Unfortunately, these habits are incredibly dangerous and can result in serious consequences. As a responsible driver, you have a duty to not only yourself, but the people around you, to practice safe driving habits. Here are some tips you can follow to drive hands-free on the busy roads of Marietta, Atlanta, and Kennesaw.
If you constantly find yourself using your phone as your navigation tool, it’s worth it to invest in a quality mount for your mobile device. Holding a device in your hand and looking down to find directions to your destination is extremely dangerous. Place the mount in a fixed position that’s easily reached from the driver’s seat while wearing a seatbelt and be sure to not block your view on the windshield.
Or, you might consider getting a new GPS system to replace the maps app on your phone. New GPS systems will mount easily on your windshield, so you can navigate safely around town.
Fortunately, most cars nowadays have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto-equipped in their vehicles. This will help you make hands-free calls while on the go. Scrolling through your list of contacts to make a phone call can be extremely dangerous. For complete hands-free operation, speak a name in order to dial.
Another great tip for answering calls in your car is to set your phone to auto answer before you drive. If a call comes in, you won’t need to touch anything to take the call.
Many drivers get tempted to check their Facebook or Instagram while driving or respond to a text message they’ve received. Here at Hinton and Powell, we can’t stress enough the importance of resisting that temptation. There’s only one way to check your social media and respond to text messages — pull off to the side of the road and find a parking spot.
If you are an iPhone user, reduce temptation by putting your phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode. This will allow your phone to auto-reply to incoming text messages, letting your friends know that you’re driving and will respond when you arrive at your destination.
If your vehicle does not have Bluetooth, it’s not an excuse to use your phone. Instead, opt for an aftermarket Bluetooth speakerphone which slips over the sun visor, sits on the dashboard, or stick to the windshield.
If you’ve been involved in an accident as a result of distracted driving, contact the personal injury lawyers at Hinton and Powell. Car accidents can result in significant financial losses that you may be entitled to compensation for.
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