Staying Safe on the Road
It’s easy to get distracted at any point of your day with the hustle and bustle constantly going on around us. But when it comes to driving, staying focused on the task at hand isn’t just important, it’s essential to keeping you and those around you safe. Here are our top five tips for reducing your likelihood of getting distracted while you drive.
Keep Your Phone Out of Sight, Out of Mind
While many cars today are equipped with Bluetooth and syncing features with our smartphones, it is vital to make sure our trusty phones never make their way into our hands while we drive. Put them in your pocket, handbag, or center console when you first get into the car and leave them there until you get out. This is the only 100% effective way to make sure that you aren’t tempted to read that last text or scroll your favorite social media site while stopped at a light. It can all wait until you reach your destination.
Secure Kids and Pets Before Driving
Children and pets can be unpredictable passengers for any driver. So it is important to ensure that they are properly secured in a car seat if necessary, in the back seat, or with the proper harness. You want to eliminate any chance of them being able to move around the vehicle while you are driving. Also, keep anything that they could throw or drop out of reach from the beginning. Finally, talk to your kids about behavior in the care and the importance of not distracting the driver to the extent that they can understand.
Skip the Snacks
Maybe you just picked up your takeout and you’re on your way home for dinner, but those french fries smell so good you just can’t help yourself. Defensive driving requires two hands on the wheel at all times and snacking or eating prohibits that. Keep food and snacks in the back seat or trunk so you aren’t tempted while driving.
The things people attempt to do while behind the wheel are often mind-blowing, and certainly not appropriate. When you go to sit behind the wheel that is your only job and responsibility until you reach your destination. Doing makeup, shaving, flossing, reading, or any other activity that takes your attention away from the road can wait until you arrive where you are going.
When in Doubt, Pull Over
Things happen while we are driving that are unavoidable. If there is ever any doubt that something is going to prevent you from giving 100% of your attention to the road, find a safe place to pull over before addressing it. If a passenger needs you for something, or if you need to check your directions more thoroughly, or if you simply need to take a break, all are good reasons to pull over and collect yourself before continuing on your journey.