Distracted Driving: How to Break the Habit
Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the more deadly behaviors on the road. In fact, it has now surpassed drunk driving. While most distractions are easily avoided, there are some that are more difficult to prevent; however, that does not mean that they cannot be managed.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any action that takes your attention away from the road ahead. That could include talking to other passengers, adjusting your mirror, or eating.
How to Break Your Distracted Driving Habit
There are things drivers can do to avoid distracted driving, and hopefully, avoid contributing to a deadly or serious accident because of their distracted driving. Some things drivers can do include:
- Focus – Never take your eyes from the road. Always scan the road ahead, use mirrors, and be on the lookout for motorcycles, pedestrians, and other objects that are hard to see.
- Secure Your Possessions – When things roll around in the car, it can distract you – especially if you bend down to pick them up. Secure everything before taking off; that way you are not tempted to reach down and pick up anything, which could lead to a dangerous situation.
- Adjust Ahead – Make adjustments to your GPS, mirrors, and climate controls before you actually drive away; that way your eyes stay on the road.
- Don’t Groom or Dress Behind the Wheel – It is true that a common cause for distracted driving accidents are people getting dressed, applying makeup, or even just checking their appearance in the mirror. Save the grooming for home.
- Don’t Eat and Drive – Snacking and eating while driving is a big distraction. Plan to eat before or after the car trip instead.
- Put Electronics Away – Cell phones, iPods, and other electronic devices should be put away. Even if you have a hands-free device, you should only use it in an emergency, and even then should pull over before actually using it. Studies show that hands-free devices are no safer than hands-on.
- Pull Over – If there is an activity that requires your attention, pull off to the side of the road before attending to it. Whether that is a child who needs assistance or something you dropped, it can wait until you pull over.
- Passengers – If you have passengers, do not engage in heavy conversations while driving. Talking while driving can hinder your cognitive abilities and diminish your focus.
- Know What a Distraction is and Avoid It – The bottom line is that, if it is something that requires you to take your attention from the road, it is a distraction. Sometimes distractions can be surprising, so be aware when one presents itself, and remain safe above all else.
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