There are several ways in which distracted driving is dangerous. You owe it to yourself and everyone else on the road to ensure your focus remains on the road.
Distracted driving may seem like no big deal to some, but there are very real consequences if something goes wrong. While everybody is guilty to some degree, there are some offenses that rank worse than others. Here are the top tips for reducing distractions while driving.
Put Down the Phone
Already illegal in many states and cities, using your phone while driving is an incredibly hazardous activity that puts you and the lives of other motorists, pedestrians, and passengers at risk. If you find that you must make a phone call, many hands-free devices exist, as does the ability to plug your phone directly into many modern vehicles. Otherwise, just pull over.
Especially important for new drivers is knowing what your limits are, particularly when driving. This often means limiting the number of passengers allowed to ride in the car of young drivers. Some states even have laws limiting the amount of non-family teenagers allowed in the car with young drivers.
Repair Damage Quickly
Damage to your vehicle can be distracting in many different ways. Whether it be the grinding noise of something rattling loose under your car or a grinding noise courtesy of your engine, these distractions can prevent you from focusing on the road. There are also dangers to leaving cracks and chips in your windshield that lead to distracted driving.
Pull Over When Drowsy
Driving while you are tired or fatigued is incredibly dangerous and puts the lives of others at risk. The National Safety Council estimates that you are three times more likely to wreck your car if you are fatigued. Taking frequent breaks and allowing yourself to get out and stretch can help, but no substitutes exist for sleep.
The rest of the tips for reducing distractions while driving all revolve around avoiding multitasking while behind the wheel. Everyday activities such as eating, sending a text message, and adjusting the radio all become deadly when performed behind the wheel of a car. Some people even attempt to read, shave, or apply makeup in the name of saving time. When you are driving, your focus must remain entirely on the road.
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