Texting isn’t the only Form of Distracted Driving
Texting while driving is considered distracted driving and is against the law. However, it’s not the only form of distracted driving that could get you a hefty fine, or worse, a serious or fatal injury.
In Ontario, it’s also illegal for drivers to talk, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices.
Research shows that drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to be in a collision than drivers who focus on the road. And when drivers take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds, their crash risk doubles.
This chart from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Website is a good reference for which electronic devices can and can’t be used while driving.
Tips to avoid distraction
There are many simple steps you can take to avoid being distracted while you drive:
- Use your cell phone only when you’re parked, or have a passenger take the call.
- Let calls go to voicemail.
- Turn off your cell phone before you start driving.
- Identify and preset your vehicle’s climate control, radio and CD player.
- Plan your route and set your GPS before you leave.
- When you’re hungry or thirsty, take a break. Don’t eat or drink while you drive.
- Avoid other distractions like reading maps, grooming activities and tending to children and pets.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, consult a Personal Injury Lawyer right now.