Distracted driving accidents are becoming increasingly common these days and, while most of us know that using a cell phone is distracting, it is not the only form of distracted driving. Any time a driver’s attention is not completely focused on the road and his or her surroundings, this is considered distracted driving and is incredibly dangerous.
To prevent accidents caused by this risky habit, here are some tips to keep you focused on driving:
- Turn off your phone: As previously mentioned, cell phone use is a major distractor on the road. Even if you set your phone aside, it can still distract you if you start getting calls or receiving text messages. Turn off your phone to entirely avoid these distractions, or keep it out of sight and out of mind. No matter what the call or text is, it can wait, and it is certainly not worth your life or anyone else’s. Once you reach your destination and check your messages, simply reply that you were on the road and could not answer sooner.
- Stay organized and avoid multitasking: Lots of distractions arise when drivers have to fumble around for things or adjust their navigation system. Make sure you know where all important items are before you hit the road and always set up your GPS before you begin driving. If you need an EZ-Pass or toll money, get those ready as well. The more organized you are, the less searching you will have to do, which means you can always keep your eyes on the road ahead.
- Let your passengers help: Your job is to drive and make sure everyone arrives at their destination safely, so if you need something done, ask them to do it. After all, their hands are free! If the GPS needs an adjustment, they want to get a playlist going or search for a song on the radio, or you need a text sent, ask them to do it for you. It will give them something to do and help you keep the journey safe.
- Postpone any serious discussions: Before embarking on a drive, it is important not to get bogged down by any stressful or serious conversations since they will only end up occupying your mind while driving. It might be easier said than done, but save the serious discussions for a time when you are not planning on hitting the road.
- Use voice commands and hands-free devices sparingly: While technology might be able to help keep your hands on the wheel, it cannot help you keep your mind focused on the task at hand. As such, you should avoid using voice commands or hands-free devices unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Drive time should become quiet time: Lots of drivers turn the radio on as soon as they begin driving, but it can also be nice to just enjoy the drive without any music or potential distractions.
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