Cell phones, infotainment systems, and advanced technology features create a challenge for distracted driving prevention. With so many distractions in our hands and built into our cars, it’s no wonder that distracted driving causes 25% of all accidents.
While drivers know that paying attention to something other than the road creates an opportunity for an accident, many drivers are willing to take that risk. This is a trend that has to change.
To help address this issue, we’ve put together these four tips to prevent distracted driving.
Control Your Phone
Our phones go everywhere we do. Seldom do we see people in public without their phones. This transcends to cell phone use in a car as well. Texting, calling, checking social media, and using maps on a mobile device increases the likelihood of a collision.
Using a phone while driving can be tempting, to say the least. Turning your phone off while driving is the best option. If you aren't willing or can't do that, you can also put your phone on silent or set controls that disable the phone while the vehicle is in motion.
Set Your Stations Before Driving
Finding the right radio station, controlling the infotainment system and refraining from using technology within the vehicle while driving can ensure focus on the road ahead.
Drivers can become enthralled with in-vehicle technology, so much that it affects their ability to drive safely and cautiously. Presetting information systems or appointing the passenger to take control of electronic systems within the vehicle enhances safety.
Though this may seem like a given, it’s important to keep mentally focused on driving. Backing into someone’s property, veering into another lane, and hitting objects in the road are all results of a lack of awareness. Consistently scanning the road and mentally preparing for oncoming traffic is essential. Keeping both hands on the steering wheel and not driving when fatigue sets in help as well.
The more passengers that are in a vehicle, the more opportunities there are for distraction. Talking, laughing, storytelling, and gossip can all take your attention away from the road ahead. Limiting the number of people in your vehicle can reduce driving distractions.
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