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The Ontario government recently announced their decision to amend legislation to target distracted drivers. Its main strategy includes harsher penalties and increased fines for accidents that result in death or bodily harm.

In an effort to reduce the types of distractions that can occur while driving, the Canadian Automobile Association has listed a number of ways prepare for a drive before you sit down behind the wheel.

Using these tips will help you ensure driving remains your main focus, and may also help you avoid lesser distracted driving offences.

Tips To Avoid Distractions Before You Start Driving

  1. Give yourself enough travel time to get to your destination
  2. Plan your route accordingly if you are travelling to a new location, or program the directions into a GPS system
  3. Make sure loose items are properly secured.
  4. Turn off cellphones and any smart devices before you drive
  5. Make sure passengers and pets - especially children - are properly seated and secured and have everything they may need
  6. Pre-set radio and climate control functions

Ways To Avoid Distractions While Driving

  1. Do not reply to messages - let voice-mail accept calls, and do not read incoming texts and emails
  2. Waiting until you are stopped or no longer driving to eat, drink or smoke while travelling
  3. Do not use your mirrors to groom yourself while you are behind the wheel
  4. Steer with both hands and always keep your eyes on the road.
  5. Pull over or stop at a designated station in order to attend to matters that require your urgent attention

Distracted driving injuries are very serious and can potentially have long-term effects. It's important to practice safe driving habits to reduce the risk of injury.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of a distracted driving accident, it's essential to speak to a personal injury lawyer right away. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine how your injuries were sustained, what your rights are and the type of compensation you should pursue.

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