Driving while intoxicated has a huge stigma around it but not nearly as many people are concerned with the drivers who drive while distracted or tired. Unfortunately, these types of drivers cause far more accidents each year than anyone else and that is why it’s up to you to make sure you aren’t distracted while behind the wheel.
Focus on Your Surroundings
As you travel down the road repeatedly scan the road for other drivers and try and predict what they are going to do. Spend your energy looking in your mirrors and making yourself aware of everyone around you. Focus all of your attention on the road and keep yourself busy so you don’t become bored and distracted.
Get Everything the Way you want it Before Leaving
If you’re going to be using the GPS, the radio or turning on the air conditioner try and do all of that before you drive out into the road. By getting everything set exactly the way you want it before you drive you can avoid many distractions. Too many people get caught up searching on a GPS unit or changing the channel on the radio and end up in an accident because of it.
Start Getting Ready Early
Take your time doing your hair and makeup in the morning so that there is no temptation to try and fix either while driving down the road. Fixing your hair in the mirror may seem harmless enough but it is actually distracting you and causing your driving performance to suffer.
Stow Cell Phones
Don’t put your cell phone anywhere nearby when you get going in the car so you aren’t tempted to pick it up and start using it. Texting or even taking a call while driving can be a major distraction that makes the activity unsafe.
Stop to Eat
If you decide you are hungry it’s much safer to pull off to the side of the road to eat than it is to continue driving and try to eat your meal at the same time. Countless drivers eat while traveling down the road and even basic foods can take valuable attention away from the road. If you decide that there is no choice but to eat while driving down the road stick with the very easy to manage foods that won’t require much attention, don’t make the mistake of eating a hot dog, or a big burger covered in sauce because you will worry about making a mess.
Keep Seats Neat and Tidy
If you’re the type of person who likes having your things in order it can be distracting if you have loose items sitting out on seats. Do yourself a favor and put any loose items into the storage compartments around the vehicle or in the trunk so that they are out of your way and don’t pull your attention away from the road.
Avoiding distractions while out on the road requires you to be somewhat proactive, but it’s important to do if you want to be safe while traveling. Driving is a dangerous activity and the more focused you are on the task the less likely you will be to get into an accident.