It is easy to get distracted while driving– in fact, a research conducted by Cambridge Mobile Telematics showed 36 percent of Americans drive distracted.
However, distracted driving is incredibly dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is the leading cause of most car accidents, killing about 3,000 people every year.
Here are some tips to help you drive more safely and avoid distracted driving.
Cell Phone Use
Cell phones should only be used for emergencies when driving. If you really need to use your phone while driving, pull over and stop your car before looking away from the road.
If you have a hard time avoiding your phone while driving, there are even apps now that will turn your cell phone data off to prevent you from looking down at your phone for notifications.
You should limit the amount of passengers in your car, especially if you are often distracted by other people. Groups of people in the car can create a dangerous situation due to the level of noise from voices and distracting conversations, as well as music volume.
Your vehicle may sound like a good place to get little things done– making phone calls, to-do lists, playlists, fixing your hair, eating your breakfast. But these are all distractions. Anytime you look away from the road is a time you are putting your life at risk.
We obviously cannot always avoid this. You still have to get to work, even when you are tired. But if you are really tired and it’s affecting your driving, grab a coffee at the gas station, turn the AC on, and play your music a little louder to keep yourself awake and alert.
As easy as driving distracted can be, it is important to stay mindful and safe. You may not always think about it this way, but any moment you look away from the road is a moment you are risking your life. Protect yourself and others, and keep your eyes on the road!