Every year, thousands of drivers are injured in accidents throughout the United States. Collisions caused by distracted drivers continue to increase annually, despite numerous national ad campaigns recommending that we avoid driving when we’re distracted. Most of us have been distracted at some point while driving, often without causing a car crash. However, a mistake made while responding to a text message or reaching for your Big-Gulp can end in disaster. Below, we give you some tips that can help you to keep your attention on the road.
- Focus on Driving: Be alert! Actively check the road for other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. Always use your mirrors when backing up or changing lanes.
- Get Situated Before Driving: Adjust your mirrors, seats, and air-conditioner settings before you start your trip. Also set your navigation and entertainment system to your desired settings so you do not have to adjust them while driving.
- Limit Passenger Activity: If you’re an inexperienced driver, you should avoid driving with passengers until you are more comfortable on the road. Passengers can be very distracting, so it is advised you ask them to sit quietly and be still when you’re driving. You should also double check that all passengers in your vehicle are wearing their seatbelts.
- Avoid Eating Or Drinking: Consume food and beverages before getting into your car. If you must eat in your vehicle, pull over and do so. Avoid messy or hard-to-handle items if you’re picking up or transporting food.
- Secure Loose Objects: Loose objects can sometimes become safety hazards. Look around for things you or your passengers might have left unsecured before driving.
- Don’t Multitask: Searching for music, using a GPS navigator, and text messaging are all dangerous distractions for drivers. Don’t check your cell phone or other electronic devices. Instead, focus on one task: safely driving your vehicle.
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