According to the estimates released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011, close to 3,000 people lost their lives on Australia’s roads in cases involving distracted drivers. Talking on the phone, texting, eating, or grooming oneself – they seem like such innocuous activities. But when you are inside a speeding car, any of these harmless acts can cost you your life, or make you the reason someone else loses theirs. It’s a grim reality that can be avoided with a tad more carefulness.
Don’t let the kids drive you nuts
Use a car-seat made for toddlers to tie them down securely and ask your elder children to be a little more careful while you are behind the wheels. If you are being asked to resolve fights and listen to complaints as you drive, then you are highly distracted and in trouble.
Train your pets
You may never chain your pet dog or not attend to your cat’s meows while home, but in the car they are not the focus of attention. Train your pets to not jump around and distract you as you drive.
Learn the law
In many Australian states, texting and using cell phones while driving is a punishable offence. Know these laws and avoid breaking them. Knowing the rules will also help you if you are ever involved in an accident involving a distracted driver. You can then call compensation lawyers and lay down a rock-solid case.