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Avoid California Car Accidents with Tips to Stop Yourself from Distracted Driving


Even though motorists know the dangers of cell phone use while driving, statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety Annual Report 2019 indicate that many of them have concerns about other drivers engaging in hazardous activities. Survey results indicate that 37.8 percent of respondents believe distracted driving because of texting is the biggest safety threat, and 30.6 percent feel the same way about talking on the phone. Plus, there are many other forms of distracted driving that do not involve cell phone usage, but which can be equally dangerous.

You likely share in these concerns, but also recognize that the temptation to take your attention away from the road can be strong. The best way you can protect yourself is by heeding a few tips on how to avoid distracted driving car accidents in Oakland. 

  1. Stow the Phone Out of Reach: If you have your phone in a pocket or purse while driving, you may not be able to overcome the enticement to grab it. When it rings, a text message comes through, or you are stopped at a light, you are better able to stay safe and comply with the law if you keep it out of reach. There are also apps you can download that will disable your phone when you are behind the wheel.
  1. Stop Fiddling with the Radio: Though not illegal, interacting with your vehicle’s audio system is just as dangerous as using your phone. Adjusting the volume, forwarding through a song, or changing channels takes your attention and manual effort away from driving the car.
  1. Pull Over to Use the GPS: Many motorists rely on a GPS to get around, but utilizing its features while driving requires the same interaction as a cell phone. You need to type in details, review directions, and engage with it for other functions. Plug in the route to your destination before you put the car in gear, and pull over safely if you need to make adjustments.
  1. The Refreshments Can Wait: Grabbing a snack or quick bite may be an ideal way of starting your commute, but even eating and drinking can lead to dangerous distractions. You should wait until you arrive before enjoying a meal; if you need your cup of morning joe, use the cup holders and only drink when stopped.
  1. Drive Now, Groom Later: You might think multitasking is a great time-saver, but avoid the urge to do your hair, apply makeup, or shave while driving. You put others at risk of auto accidents, but you could also injure yourself if you need to stop abruptly.

Talk to an Oakland Car Accident Attorney About Your Rights 

These tips can help you avoid distracted driving and, in turn, reduce the risk of being involved in an auto crash. However, not all motorists are as careful, and their negligence often leads to serious collisions. If you were hurt in a car accident, please contact our Oakland car accident lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP to set up a free consultation at our offices.



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