Distracted driving is a serious and growing problem on the roads today. Globally there are thousands of accidents each year involving distracted drivers, often with fatal consequences. That’s why it’s so important to educate ourselves and others about the dangers of distracted driving and to take steps to avoid it. Here are some practical tips for keeping yourself and others safe on the road:
- Put away your phone: One of the biggest distractions while driving is the use of a cell phone, whether it’s for texting, making calls, or using apps. If you need to use your phone, pull over to a safe location or wait until you’ve reached your destination.
- Avoid eating while driving: It’s tempting to grab a quick bite while on the road, but eating while driving can be a major distraction. If you need to eat, try to do it before or after your drive, or pull over to a rest stop or parking lot.
- Keep your eyes on the road: It’s easy to get distracted by things happening outside of the car, whether it’s a billboard, an interesting conversation with a passenger, or something happening on the side of the road. Keep your focus on the road and avoid looking at anything that could take your eyes off the road for more than a few seconds.
- Avoid multitasking: It’s not just phone usage and eating that can be distractions while driving – any activity that takes your hands or attention away from the road can be dangerous. Avoid trying to do multiple things at once while driving, such as applying makeup or looking for something in the backseat.
- Use a hands-free device: If you need to make a call or send a text while driving, use a hands-free device such as a Bluetooth headset or in-car speakerphone to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
- Stay alert: Fatigue can be a major distraction while driving. Make sure you get enough sleep before a long drive and take breaks as needed to avoid getting drowsy. If you start to feel tired, pull over to a safe location and take a nap or switch drivers if possible.
- Don’t follow too closely: Maintaining a safe following distance is important for any driver, but it’s especially important when you’re trying to avoid distractions. Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you to give yourself time to react to any sudden changes in speed or direction.
By following these practical tips, you can help keep yourself and others safe on the road and avoid the dangers of distracted driving. Remember, even a few seconds of distraction can have serious consequences, so it’s important to always stay focused while behind the wheel.
Author: Dion Changuion, YLOODrive, Mindset and Business Coaching