Drivers across the country struggle daily with keeping their eyes on the road ahead. In fact, studies have shown that drivers admit to spending 13 minutes a day on their phones while driving. With the high number of distracted driving-related accidents that occur every day on our roadways, we must do better by finding solutions to distracted driving, and the best way to do just that is to learn ways to manage distractions while driving.
For the next time you hit the road, play it safe with these ‘driving how to’ tips to help keep your full attention on the road ahead.
Tips on how to be a focused driver
Plan your route ahead of time.
The best bet to keep yourself free from running into navigational distractions is to look it up before you jump being the wheel. Although our navigation system or apps are how we get around, configuring a route while driving is not safe.Thus, before hitting the road ahead – review the directions to your destination to get a sense of where you’re going and turn on audio directions, so you don’t have to refer to the map to help limit distractions while driving.
Leave your phone alone.
As we know, one of the leading causes for distracted driving is our smartphones. Whether it be texting, social media, or phone calls – our smartphones have become a driving habit we have to curb. Whether it be you put your phone in the glove box, trunk, or keep it on do not disturb – keep that phone out of reach to limit any potential smartphone-based distractions.
Prep your music before hand.
Listening to music while driving is a way to make the road ahead that much more fun. However, have you ever noticed how much time you spend figuring out what song to play next when you’re already in the car? That’s why it’s best to play it safe by planning your musical accompaniment ahead of time to cut back on DJ’ing while driving.
Resist the urge to multi-task.
Sometimes, we think it’s harmless to apply makeup, reach for things in the backseat, or be on a phone call while driving. Although it may seem harmless, it isn’t always. Anytime a driver takes their hands off their steering wheel or their eyes off the road, they are no longer driving safely. In order to keep you and your fellow drivers safe, keep yourself focused on the road ahead.
Limit passengers and/or pets.
Sometimes riding with pets and other passengers is unavoidable. Although that’s fine, it’s important to make sure everyone in the car is safely seated and secure to help them stay safe. This will also help you limit distractions while you’re behind the wheel.
Our emotional state can impact how well or how poorly our time in the car can be. In fact, according to study done in 2016, driving while angry or sad could increase your risk of crashing by nearly ten times. Therefore, make sure you’re as a cool as a cucumber before hitting the road so you can share the road ahead safely with other drivers.
The bottom line.
Driving with distractions is a leading cause of all car collisions on the roadways, and it’s up to us to learn how to be focused drivers.
At SafeAuto, we want our customers and their families to play it safe. Now more than ever, it’s important to do our part to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors safe from further spreading COVID-19. We hope you and your loved ones can still enjoy the road ahead!