Distracted drivers are one of the biggest threats to safety on the road, leading to hundreds of thousands of injuries and fatalities each year. Cellphones and entertainment systems are some of the most common distractions, however, anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road can be incredibly dangerous.
One of the best ways to stay safe is to remove or address the potential distractions before you get behind the wheel. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce your chances of becoming a distracted driver:
Get Your Sleep
Make sure you’re well-rested before you drive! Believe it or not, many tests have actually found that tired drivers react just as slowly as intoxicated drivers.
Plan your route and look up the forecasted weather before you start driving. Not knowing where you’re going and focusing on directions can become extremely distracting while driving. Similarly, being ill-prepared for the weather can take your attention away from the road and surrounding traffic.
Secure Your Items
Before you get moving, check if any objects in your vehicle could become loose and roll around. If everything is in its place you won’t be tempted to reach for them as you drive!
Put Your Phone Away
Don’t use your phone while driving! Even using a hands-free device while driving can be incredibly distracting. Instead, pull over to the side of the road if you need to contact someone or make a call.
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