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Tips for Avoiding Distractions on the Road

Distracted driving accounts for a huge number of accidents in America each year. According to, 431,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving distracted drivers in 2014. At CONRAD INSURANCE, we take safety seriously. Not only do we insure individuals and families, we also want our customers to be as safe as possible. Responsible driving can lower your PA auto insurance premiums. More importantly, it can keep you, your family and other travelers safe.

Common Distractions for Drivers

Paying attention to things other than the road and traffic is distracted driving. With the increased popularity of smart phones, incidents of distracted driving due to texting or other cellphone use is on the rise. However, even navigation tools can contribute to driver distraction.

The use of a navigation system has been known to cause auto accidents. This happens most often when a driver looks away from the road to view the navigation system or makes a quick, unexpected move due to instructions given by the system. The best way to avoid this is by reviewing directions to a location before getting on the road.

Talking also causes distractions. In heavy traffic, you might wish to ask passengers to refrain from talking so you can concentrate on getting to your destination safely. Since we know that talking with passengers is distracting, it should come as no surprise that speaking on the phone, even with hands-free devices, can also cause distraction.

Other common driving distractions include:

  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Reading (even maps)
  • Adjusting the radio or other stereo settings
  • Changing clothes
  • Applying makeup

Make Yourself a Safe Bet

When driving, your sole responsibility is getting to your destination safely. Don’t try to multitask en route. When you arrive alive, then you can return calls, respond to texts, finish grooming or attend to other matters. CONRAD INSURANCE wants you to focus on the things that matter most. That’s your safest bet. Contact us for details about personal auto insurance in PA and our unique SafeBET™ process for families and individuals.


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