Written by: Dale Orlando
Driving safely always demands your full attention. If you find yourself tempted to use your cell phone, talk to passengers, let your mind wander, or engage in other distractions, as a personal injury lawyer in Toronto, I would frankly advise you to avoid driving altogether. That’s not always possible, though, so here are some tips for a safer and more focused commute:
- Plan your route. Program your GPS before you head out. Be sure that you have an idea of where you are going and that audio commands are turned on so that you do not have to pay attention to the GPS screen while driving.
- Turn off your cellphone. Put it someplace where it cannot be accessed, to avoid the temptation to text and drive. Alternatively, if you’re driving with a passenger, have him or her reply to your text messages and answer your phone calls.
- Avoid eating and drinking. If you have no other choice, pull off of the road or take a quick bite or sip while stopped at a traffic light.
- Keep the volume down. Any music should be quiet enough that it does not prevent you from focusing on the road, or reduce your ability to hear emergency vehicles.
- Control your passengers. Advise them that it is unsafe if they are loud or distracting while you drive.
- Secure any loose objects in the trunk or backseat.
- Be well rested. Get a good sleep, especially the night before a long drive. Switch drivers every few hours in order to avoid fatigue, and drive in daylight if possible.
- Pull over if you absolutely must divert your attention from the road, at any time.
Distracted driving is a choice and as a personal injury lawyer, I see the consequences all too often. It is a risky behaviour that can be avoided with good judgement. As a responsible driver, perhaps especially on the hectic streets of Toronto, it is important to prevent or remove any distractions that may impair your ability to focus while behind the wheel.