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    Five car driver distractions while road tripping


    When making long trips it is easy to get distracted while driving and this can lead to road traffic accidents. If you suffer an injury due to any of the following distractions while road tripping, you may be able to claim for compensation and Accident Advice Helpline can help you.

    Common distractions while road tripping

    The following are five common driver distractions while road tripping, generally caused due to monotony of the road.

    1. Mobile Telephones: It is illegal to use a mobile phone without the correct hands-free kit because of the risks of causing a car crash. Don’t be tempted to read texts or email messages, either turn the functionality to receive off, get a passenger to read messages to you or wait until you can pull over. Even when you are speaking on the phone using hands-free, keep it to an absolute minimum and avoid in depth conversations that involve complex thinking. Your main focus of attention should be on driving to avoid traffic accidents in the road.
    2. Passengers: Statistics show that having two or more passengers in the car can increase the risk of a car crash, particularly if it is a group of young friends. One passenger tends to cut the risk, perhaps due to helping navigation or keeping the driver alert. Children playing or crying for attention can distract but to avoid car accidents reaching back to assist should be avoided and instead pull over as soon as is possible. It is worth teaching your children the dangers of their behaviour if they are playing up and explaining how a distraction could cause a traffic accident.
    3. Loose gear: If you are going on a long trip and have packed a lot of possessions then be careful that everything is safely stowed to avoid things falling or rolling around. You may become tempted to try and retrieve loose items and end up in a car accident as you lose focus on the road.
    4. Adjustments to vehicle systems: Any adjustments to satellite navigation, seat positioning, temperature settings, wing mirrors or radio system should be made before you set off. Fiddling with this stuff while driving can lead to a lack of attention on the road and all it takes is a moment before you are at risk of a road traffic accident.
    5. Eating: Try to eat a meal before leaving or stop at a service station to satisfy your appetite. Snacking, drinking coffee or other drinks and particularly eating messy items like burgers can be a huge distraction.

    If you have suffered a road related injury then call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Our advisors are professional and friendly, and our superlative legal team having years of experience dealing with all types of compensation claims.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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