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Preventing your children from causing distractions while driving

You are on your way to the grocery store and your toddler drops his toy onto the floor of the car. He asks you to get it and you inform him that you will when you arrive at the store. He begins wailing and is eventually screaming so loud that you cannot even hear yourself thinking. At Gellner Law Offices, we have helped many parents in West Virginia who have been involved in automobile accidents. 

There is little else as stressful as driving with your children sometimes. You may find yourself trying to break up fights, retrieve toys, open fruit snacks, hand water bottles or even catch vomit all while trying to drive at the same time. Unfortunately, these distractions can create a major diversion from driving and leave your family's wellbeing and safety at risk. According to Parents, there are some helpful preventative measures you can take to reduce the amount of distractions you deal with while in the car. Some of the things you can do include the following:

  • Abandon your cell phone: Do not give into the temptation to fiddle with your phone while you are driving. Set a good example for your children and keep everyone safer. 
  • Stock up on food: Make sure that you take care of your food needs before you leave the house. If you think your children will be asking for food, give them each a snack before you begin driving. 
  • Be aware of other distractions: Know what other distractions you are prone to giving into while you are driving. Examples include programming your GPS or trying to do your makeup. Make an active effort to prepare ahead of time so you can avoid the temptation to multitask. 

By incorporating these suggestions into your preparation for a road trip, you can be more confident in your ability to get your family safely from one place to another. For more information about car accident prevention, visit our web page.  

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