In North Carolina there are quick a few different places to work – farms, factories and offices. However, the most dangerous place of work is quite possibly your vehicle because driving it can be a job all on its own. Your mind has to be focused on your speed, cars and pedestrians around you and much more. A lot of people drive to and for work, even if it is just to head across town to the office or a meeting. But, in any case, your safety matters.
You need to start by making sure everything with your vehicle is in good working order. Whether you use your personal car, if it is part of a fleet or you’re using a rental, you should take a minute, locate the controls for cruise control, windshield wipers and adjust your mirrors and seats. In more than half of all accident crashes, serious injuries and fatalities come from people not being buckled in correctly, so please be sure you are buckled up. Be aware of changing weather conditions and follow speed limits. If you feel tired, pull over and, no matter what, never drive while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Even if multitasking is part of your job, you should not multitask while driving. Any type of distraction can increase your chances of being involved in a crash. The reason for this is because there are three simple reaction components to driving that are commonly affected by driving distractions: first, the time it takes to perceive a situation; second, the time it takes to act on that information; and third, the time it takes your vehicle to complete the response.
At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, we ask you to please put the distraction down because even a quick second delay in your reaction time could be bad and cause an accident. Please pull over before using your cell phone or using navigation during longer trips. Allow time when traveling to stop and eat if the trips are longer. And, keep items that may tempt you in the trunk of the car and the things you need, like sunglasses, close at hand.