Tackling Distracted Driving – Some Tips

While driving, it is important to keep your eyes on the road and not do things that will distract you. This will help decrease the chances of being involved in a car accident. Distracted Driving Awareness Month is in April, and there are some useful tips that can keep you from getting distracted behind the wheel.

Continuously scan the road for other cars, people, or animals. Maintain a full focus on driving instead of getting distracted by others in the car. Try to keep loose items in the car in the glove box or center console. This will prevent them from rolling around on the floorboard or getting caught beneath the pedals. It will also keep you from wanting to reach down and get them while driving. Before you leave the driveway, make any adjustments in the car that are necessary. Make sure your seatbelt is comfortable, program the GPS, plan where you are going, and adjust any sound and climate controls.

One of the things that some drivers do in the car is finish dressing. Try to apply makeup and brush your hair at home so that you are not using the mirrors in the car. Also, avoid eating in the car. If you need a snack while driving, consider something simple like crackers. For the safety of your children, make sure they are secured in their car seats before leaving the house. When you have to turn around or reach into the backseat to adjust seat belts, this is a major distraction from driving. It is putting not only yourself, but your family at risk. Ask older children to help with younger siblings in the back seat when possible.

Some states have passed laws about texting or talking on cell phones while driving. Keep any electronics in your purse or out of sight so that you are not tempted to use them. They should only be used in the event of an emergency, and even then you should try to pull to the side of the road to use the device. Other people in the car can help you focus on the road by alerting you if there are any vehicles coming that you don’t see or if there are any sirens that you might not hear. There are thousands of accidents every year involving drivers who become distracted. Don’t allow yourself to be one of the statistics.