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Knowing what distractions to avoid on the road

Drivers, especially teen drivers, in New Hampshire may benefit from the following tips on avoiding distractions behind the wheel. Taking one's eyes from the road for even two seconds can double the risk of a car crash. To know how to prevent distractions, it's important to understand the common causes.

These include phone use, including hands-free devices; eating and drinking; and even holding conversations with multiple people in the car. Drivers should not hesitate to pull over if they absolutely must make a call or send a text. Otherwise, the phone should be on "do not disturb."

Drivers may want to prohibit all eating and drinking to prevent being sidetracked by spills or arguments among children. It's also wise to limit the number of passengers. Whenever they do have a passenger, this person should handle certain tasks like adjusting the radio and checking on traffic.

A last danger to avoid is drowsy driving. Inadequate sleep, certain health conditions, shift work and alcohol can all make one drowsy and, consequently, inattentive. In extreme cases, drivers should pull over and nap for 20 minutes.

If drivers do not consider these tips, they only heighten their risks for causing motor vehicle accidents. Distracted driving is a negligent act that leads to thousands of traffic injuries every year. Someone who has been hurt by a negligent driver may want to take legal action. A lawyer may negotiate on the victim's behalf for a settlement and take the case to court if negotiations fail. Ultimately, a personal injury claim could cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

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