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Tips for reducing distracted driving in Connecticut

Several previous posts here have noted how dangerous distracted driving can be on the roadways in Connecticut. Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in car accidents caused by this reckless conduct. To try to help every driver on the roads, a recent article had some tips for drivers to reduce distracted driving.

For starters, one of the most simple of solutions is for drivers to put away their cellphones, preferably someplace out of reach, while they operate a motor vehicle. Of course, this is probably easier said than done for most drivers. As in all things, many people have a "It won't happen to me" attitude when it comes to distracted driving. They think they are the ones who will be able to engage in this conduct without presenting a danger to others. In reality, everyone makes mistakes from time to time. To be on the safe side, put the phone out of reach so you won't be tempted.

Next, for drivers who depend on navigation systems to assist with their drives, the recent article suggested setting the destination before the car is in motion. This will allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road. Lastly, the article warned drivers to be wary of vehicles that have so-called "infotainment" centers. These fancy technological advances, which are becoming more common in vehicles, can easily distract drivers.

Unfortunately, many drivers will ignore the tips that were suggested in the recent article. When that happens, the possibility of a car accident occurring due to distracted driving is ever-present. Any Connecticut residents who are injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving should be mindful of the potential legal options.

Source: yorknewstimes.com, "Reduce Instances of Distracted Driving," March 17, 2018

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