Throughout the month of April we have been giving tips on the risks of distracted driving and what you can do as a responsible driver to decrease your changes of getting in a accident because of being distracted.
Distractions take a motorist’s attention off driving, which can make a driver miss critical events, objects, and cues or abandon control of a vehicle, all potentially leading to a crash. Distracted drivers put not only themselves at risk, but everyone else using the road.
5 tips to Prevent Distracted Driving
Put aside electronic distractions – Don’t use cell phones while driving – handheld or hands-free – except in absolute emergencies. Never use text messaging, email functions, video games or the internet with a wireless device.
Eat Smart – If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. On the road, avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.
Enlist a Co-Pilot – When driving with others, enlist their help with directions, handling the kids or pets so you can focus on driving.
Secure Children and Pets – Before hitting the road make sure children and pets are secure in car seats and have everything they need. By reaching into the backseat it could cause you to lose control of the vehicle and get into an accident.
Make Car Adjustments Beforehand – Before leaving your driveway make sure your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems are set before hitting the road.
Although most distractions are avoidable, some distractions are impossible to completely prevent – instead they must be managed. Driving requires your full attention. Take charge by using these tips that will help you eliminate distractions so you can focus on the road ahead.