Common driving distractions and how to avoid them
Multitasking has become a common way of life in today’s busy world. It may be necessary and unharmful in the workplace or at home (although which things you multitask should still be chosen wisely), but when it transitions over to driving, that’s when bad things can happen. Distracted driving leads to entirely too many traffic accidents and fatalities every year, and it’s all the more tragic because these disasters can be avoided. April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council, and this is a chance to remember what can be done to remain alert and focused behind the wheel. Read on for a list of common driving distractions and how to avoid them.
Five tips for avoiding distracted driving
- Use your cell phone only in the case of emergencies. Smartphones are a new way of life these days, and it is tempting to always check for new texts or social media posts, but this needs to be done when you’re not in control of a massive machine driving at fast speeds.
- Avoid personal grooming while driving. You have an opportunity to check your hair or makeup when you’re at home. Looking up in your vanity mirror or rearview mirror to make sure the part of your hair is just right or the eyeshadow hasn’t smudged will take your eyes off the road, which is never a good idea.
- If something else demands your attention, pull over and get it done. Maybe your drink spilled and you need to clean it up. Do not attempt this while driving.
- Try to avoid eating while driving. Maybe you are squeezed for time, but attempting to eat a burrito you got from the drive-thru is going to take your hands and focus away from steering the vehicle.
- Keep your passengers from getting too rowdy. Road trips are a fun way to spend free time, and when your vehicle is full of passengers, it can get noisy and distracting. Ask your friends or family to be respectful of your needs as a driver.
It’s all about staying focused on commanding your vehicle and not letting anything else get in the way. Spend the time in your vehicle driving it, and your time outside of the vehicle for everything else. Stay safe, and keep in touch with the Honda of Victoria blog for more tips and tricks!