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Are Conversations in the Car Really a Cause of Distracted Driving?

Law Offices of James M. Curran

When it comes to distracted driving, you may think that cell phones are the only cause. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. 

While the use of cell phones in any capacity behind the wheel is prohibited by New Jersey law, talking to passengers in your vehicle can be equally distracting and dangerous. Talking to passengers in your vehicle can be so distracting that you are involved in an accident. 

Are Your Conversations too Distracting?

Sometimes, you may not even realize you are distracted when talking to passengers in your vehicles. However, if you notice that you can’t focus, are missing traffic signals, or have to stop suddenly because you didn’t see an upcoming sign or hazard, it’s clear that you are distracted. Because of the dangers this poses to you, your passengers and others on the road, it’s best to end the conversation and pick it back up when you reach your destination. 

Tips to Reduce Distractions From Conversations

It’s only common to want to talk to the people in your vehicle. However, you need to stop the conversation and refocus on the road if you become distracted. You can also request that passengers don’t speak loudly or make sudden loud noises, which may startle you and cause you to jerk the wheel. 

Staying Safe While on the Road

A huge part of driving is paying attention to what is going on around you. However, if you find the conversations in your vehicle are taking your mind and even your eyes off the road, it’s best to end them. By doing this, you can keep yourself, your passengers and other motorists safe and prevent an accident caused by your distraction. 

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