4 Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous habits modern navigators engage in. Whether it’s other drivers, passengers, or technology that’s dividing your attention, distracted driving leads to accidents or worse. Luckily, this is an easy habit to break, and we’ve listed our top four favorite tips that can help you keep your attention focused on the road.
There are lots of items that we keep in our vehicles to make life easier, from extra napkins and phone chargers to sweaters and tissues. When you need these items, it’s better to have them close at hand in an easily reachable location. Having to root around in your car to find something you need pulls your attention from the road, drastically reducing your reaction time to road conditions.
Consider what you use most often in the vehicle and find places to put them that you’ll remember and have an easy time reaching. Smaller items like hand sanitizer and cords can be stashed easily in your center console, while larger items will likely fit in your door.
Prep Your Directions
A major distraction for drivers, especially in unfamiliar cities or on longer car trips, are GPS systems. While incredibly useful in providing up-to-date, easy-to-follow directions, if you don’t set your GPS before you start driving, it can definitely make it difficult to concentrate on the road while you’re punching in addresses or searching a POI menu.
Instead of setting this up while on the road, simply set up your GPS ahead of time. Many programs allow you to add waypoints if you have several places to go. If your GPS system is built-in, chances are it will run off voice commands which are ideal for reducing distraction since you don’t need to look at a menu.
Make A Playlist
Music makes driving so much more entertaining, but flipping through your stations is distracting. If you have a passenger with you, hand over the tunes to them so that you aren’t endangering you and your passenger.
If you’re driving on your own, consider making a playlist of your favorite songs so you don’t have to look for them and take your eyes off the road. This is a fun afternoon project that helps reduce distractions while ensuring you get to listen to all your favorite music without having to dig through your phone or MP3 player.
Cell phones have created a massive problem for modern drivers and have led to countless tragic accidents. Setting your phone on silent and putting it out of reach is a small yet effective way to limit technology distraction in your vehicle. Many phones have a driving mode that you can set up which automatically hides notifications from calls, text messages, and email, reducing the urge to check your phone.
These four tips are just a few small ways that you can cut distraction while driving and therefore help you become a safer, more proactive driver.
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