As a driver, you know how hard it can be to remain focused at all times. You also know that taking your attention away from the road can result in an accident that causes serious injury (or even death).
Here are five simple ways to avoid common driving distractions.
- Turn off your cell phone until you reach your destination. When you do this, you won't be tempted to answer a text message, make a phone call or check your email. If you want to take this to the next level, put your cell phone out of sight, e.g., in your trunk.
- Use a hands-free device. Some people have no choice but to be reachable at all times, and their jobs may require them to respond to calls on the road. If this sounds familiar, you should use a hands-free device any time you are behind the wheel. This allows you to keep both hands on the wheel, which enhances your level of safety.
- Make sure kids are safe in the backseat before you hit the road. You don't want to spend any time turning around to see what your kids are doing in the backseat.
- Fill your stomach and/or quench your thirst before you start your journey.Many people are in the habit of eating and drinking while driving, but this is a mistake that could result in an accident.
- Program your GPS and tune your radio while your vehicle is in park. You don't want to find yourself doing either of these things when you should be paying attention to the road in front of you.
If you do these simple things you should be able to lessen the risk of an accident, while also feeling confident about your overall level of safety.
Just because you're a safe driver doesn't mean other people are. If you are involved in an accident with a distracted driver, call 911 and stay where you are.