Did you know that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents? When you’re driving, you should be completely focused on the road and other drivers around you, yet many of us don’t exactly follow that rule. We allow ourselves to become distracted, and our chances of accidents and injuries increase. There might also be financial consequences, such as fines for distracted driving or higher auto insurance premiums.
Don’t use your cell phone while driving. We’re not only talking about texting and driving (although in many jurisdictions a police officer will write you a ticket if they see you doing this). Talking on the phone can also be a distraction, and scrolling through your music app to choose a song is just as bad as texting. Ditto for your GPS app.
Don’t drive when you’re tired. Often, drivers who feel sleep will speed up, trying to get home faster. This is exactly the opposite of what you should do! It’s better to pull over and take a nap, or even call someone to come get you.
Limit the activity inside the vehicle. Too many boisterous passengers can serve as a distraction. For some people, simply carrying on an emotional conversation can even take their attention off the road. Remember that most things can wait until you’ve arrived at your destination. As for pets, they are safer inside a carrier, and allowing them to run loose in the vehicle can prove disastrous.
Don’t multi-task. Yes, your daily commute can feel like a waste of valuable time, but resist the urge to eat, style your hair, or any other activity that takes your attention off the road and your hands off the wheel. You might be surprised at how often eating, drinking, and food spills are mentioned in accident reports!
These rules are important for everyone, but doubly so for teen drivers. So set a good example by reducing your own distractions while driving, and remind your kids to do so when they get behind the wheel.