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Vancouver Car Crash Lawyers' Guide to Safe Use of Car Safety Apps


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7/26/2013
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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One of the best ways to avoid ever needing the services of a Vancouver auto accident lawyer is to develop effective safe-driving habits.

However, despite our best intentions to drive mindfully and avoid making rash decisions on the road, we often fall short of best practices. Purveyors of several new car safety apps are hoping to turn the tide. (If you're interested in our take on the new car safety technologies, we've discussed the specs on some of these cool apps in recent library and FAQ articles.)

A question remains, though: how do you make the best use of these new technologies? Here are a few thoughts:

  • Choose one or two technologies to master first. If you're concerned about your teenage daughter’s driving habits, install an app to monitor her progress or to train her to avoid whatever you and she find most scary. Focus on getting used to one or two apps before you add more bells and whistles.
  • Remember that technology cannot replace mindfulness. At the end of the day, good technology is just a tool to help you leverage your own attention better. For instance, some apps broadcast text messages so you don’t have to type. Others disable texts and calls entirely while you're driving. The point is to help you stay focused on the task of driving. Avoid leaning on the technology too much. Be vigilant about your state of wakefulness, your ability to concentrate, and your emotional demeanor.
  • Learn from the past. If you’ve recently been in a car crash in Vancouver or elsewhere, strive to understand what happened and why. Learn any lessons you can from the incident. Even if someone else caused the disaster, consider what happened and try to learn from it. For instance, maybe someone hit you late on a Friday night near a rowdy bar. The lesson learned might be to avoid that area of town on weekend nights to stay away from dangerous DUI drivers.

For help dealing with the consequences of your recent Vancouver auto accident, get in touch with the McComb Witten team today at 604.255.9018. While you're here, be sure to grab a copy of our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make Or Break Your ICBC Claim, which teaches critical basics about how to make an ICBC claim effectively.



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