Did you know that distracted driving doesn’t just include using a mobile device to make a phone call or send a text message? Distracted driving has been a problem since the invention of the motor vehicle, and this issue has only worsened with the development of technology. Distracted driving also comes in the form of changing the radio station, talking to a passenger, reaching for something next to you, reading billboards, and so much more. Follow these helpful tips for avoiding distracted driving accidents in New Jersey.
With today’s technology, electronics are the most common cause of distracted driving. In New Jersey, the law does not permit you to use a mobile device while driving. This restriction means that if a police officer witnesses you holding your cell phone or another electronic device while driving, they can pull you over and issue you a ticket. Distractions can also come from hands-free features on your electronic device. Talking to someone else on a phone call can easily distract your mind from driving.
Avoid Eating and Drinking
Do not eat or drink while driving. This action takes one of your hands off the steering wheel, and you could drop the food or drink, leading to an accident. Spilling hot coffee or hot tea on your lap while driving is a recipe for disaster. You always need to keep both of your hands on the wheel. Trying to find a napkin or your next French fry can be disastrous.
No Dogs in the Front Seat
Inevitably, your dog will need to go for a car ride, whether it’s to the vet, the park, or for a vacation. Even though your dog will be in the car with you, they should never be in the front seat. This advice includes the passenger seat and not just your lap. Dogs cause more distracted driving accidents than you may realize. Secure your dog in the rear of the vehicle using a crate or a harness attached to a seat belt.
Keep the Volume Low
Everyone loves to roll the windows down and turn the radio up when the weather is pleasant. However, this is a common cause of distracted driving. Loud music can cause car accidents because it diverts the driver’s attention away from the act of driving. When the music is too loud in your car, you won’t be able to hear other drivers honking their horns to warn you. You also won’t be able to hear emergency vehicles approaching or train horns.
Accused of Distracted Driving? Call an Attorney Today
If you are facing fines related to distracting driving, you need to enlist the help of an experienced New Jersey attorney. The Law Offices of James C. DeZao will fight your distracted driving ticket in court to prevent you from receiving points on your license and increased insurance premiums. Call us today at (973) 358-6134 to schedule a free consultation. Remember, with us, it’s personal.