Roadway Insurance Warns Against Distracted Driving

Driving distracted is currently defined as the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a cellular phone or other electronic device.  Other conventional distractions include changing music, eating, applying make-up, and disciplining children– are all still considered driving distractions that should be avoided when operating a motor vehicle.Roadway Auto Insurance in Maryland

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.  Roadway Insurance reminds you to drive smart and safe to avoid becoming  statistic.

Here are some tips to Keep Your Focus on the Road:

  • Always pull off the road to make or receive a call.  Be sure to drive your vehicle to a safe area first. This also applies when caring for or disciplining children.
  • If you have a passenger, have them do the dialing and talking.
  • Keep the tone light while driving– don’t engage in emotional or stressful conversations.
  • Eat before you drive.  Food spills are a big culprit of moving your attention from the driving task at hand.
  • Apply the lipstick before or after you drive– that goes for all grooming actions.
  • Know where you are headed.  Check maps and directions before you go.
  • If you’ve got fido along for the ride, do not allow him to sit in your lap.
  • Only drive when you feel alert and awake.

All drivers in Maryland are restricted from using a cell phone without a hands free device while operating a motor vehicle. The fine for a first offense is $40 and successive offenses $100. This law is a secondary offense, meaning that a driver must first be committing a primary offense such as speeding or reckless driving before they are ticketed for a cell phone offense.  Texting laws prohibit its use entirely while traveling on the road.

Drivers in Maryland are also required to carry a minimum amount of auto insurance. Contact us and one of our experienced agents will help you get the coverage you need.

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