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Tips for Staying Alert While Driving

March 15, 2023 | On Behalf Of Randolph And Associates | Category
Driving is a complex task. You need to ensure you devote your full attention and concentration to the task at hand when operating a motor vehicle. This is particularly true in a busy region like Southern California. With so many distractions on the road, it's easy to lose focus and become distracted being the wheel. This can increase your chances of being involved in an accident. That doesn’t need to happen. To optimize your concentration while driving, you should:

Get Enough Sleep

You may know that accidents happen when drivers fall asleep at the wheel. However, even if a driver doesn’t fall asleep, simply being drowsy can result in an accident if a driver is too fatigued to concentrate. Prevent this by getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

Take Regular Breaks

Taking regular breaks can help you stay alert and focused while driving if you’re likely to be on the road for a long stretch of time. During your breaks, get out to stretch your legs, and eat if necessary.

Avoid Distractions

Hopefully, you never use your phone while driving. However, it’s important to understand that distractions can come in many forms. For example, eating while driving can increase your odds of being hurt in an accident. So can listening to loud music or having in-depth conversations.

Use Your Senses

Your sense of vision isn’t the only sense that can help you remain aware of your surroundings while driving. You should also listen for noises that may indicate potential hazards, such as sirens. Your sense of touch can also tell you if your vehicle is running smoothly.

Adjust Your Seat and Mirrors

Adjusting your seat and mirrors can help you stay comfortable and focused while driving. Make sure your seat is in a comfortable position, and adjust your mirrors to give you a clear view of the road behind you.

Plan Your Route

Planning your route can help you stay focused while driving. Use a GPS or map to plan your route ahead of time, and avoid unfamiliar or congested roads if possible. Knowing where you're going can help you stay calm and focused while driving.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Being prepared for emergencies can help you stay alert and focused while driving. Keep a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and other emergency supplies in your car in case of an accident or other unexpected event. The more you know you’re prepared for all possible occurrences, the less distracted your mind may be.

Practice Defensive Driving

Practicing defensive driving can help you stay alert and focused while driving. Be aware of your surroundings, and anticipate potential hazards on the road. Keep a safe following distance, and avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding or weaving in and out of traffic. That said, even if you make an effort to stay alert while driving, you can’t control the decisions others make on the road. You may thus be involved in an accident one day because someone else was negligent. Review your case with an attorney if this happens. At Randolph & Associates, a Southern California car accident lawyer can help you better understand how you may go about pursuing financial compensation for your losses. Get started today by contacting us online.
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