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Tips to Help Avoid Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is quickly becoming a problem on roadways across the United States, especially now that cell phones are incredibly ubiquitous and we, as a society, are so dependent on them. Of course, there are other forms of distracted driving as well, which many of us often engage in without realizing the serious consequences that can occur as a result of these dangerous habits.

Here are some tips to help you avoid distracted driving, which can help save not only your life, but the lives of others:

  1. Focus on the task at hand: When you are behind the wheel, it is crucial to focus all of your attention on driving. To maintain constant awareness of your surroundings, including obstacles on the road, you cannot allow your attention to be diverted, or you will increase your risk of being involved in a terrible accident.
  2. Make all of your adjustments before you start the engine: You should not be adjusting your seat, fiddling around with your navigation system or entertainment system while you are driving. Make all of the adjustments you need and get comfortable before you start the engine.
  3. Limit the passengers and activity in your vehicle: Having too many passengers in your car can be distracting, even if you are not interacting with them. If they are too loud or rowdy, you can get distracted, so ask that your passengers remain in their seats, buckled up, and not to be too loud.
  4. Do not eat or drink: Trying to eat a meal behind the wheel is messy and difficult. You might spill something, which can distract you even more and ultimately cause an accident. If you need to eat, pull over to a safe place and finish your meal before you resume driving.
  5. Secure all loose equipment: If loose objects are moving around your car while you are driving, this can be distracting. You might try to reach for these items, which will require you to take your eyes off the road. Looking away for even a moment can cause an accident. If there are loose objects in your vehicle, secure them before you turn on the engine.
  6. Do not use electronics while driving: Cellphones are tempting, but while driving, you should refrain from using them or any other electronic device. If you absolutely need to use a navigation device, place it on a cradle so that it is visible to you without requiring you to move your head.
  7. Do not multitask: Many of us pride ourselves on our ability to multitask, but the one place where you should never divide your attention is while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Save the multitasking for when you are not driving.

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