Driver's perspective of a cell phone being used while driving

How to Avoid Distracted Driving

4 Tips for Minimizing Distractions While Driving

In our fast-moving world, it’s easy to lose focus on what you’re doing. Unfortunately, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents as well as car-related injuries and death. To help keep yourself focused on the road, follow these four tips to minimize distractions while driving.

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Never Try to Multi-Task

When you are the one driving, you should never try to multi-task. That includes no eating, texting, or applying makeup behind the wheel. Anything that takes away even a bit of focus from the road is considered a distraction.

Teen girls in car with the driver on the phone and about to collide with another vehicle

Mute Your Phone and Put it Away

Out of the countless number of distractions you could have in a car, the phone is the biggest culprit. Whether you wish to browse social media or respond to a friend, the temptation to use your phone is very high these days. Before you hit the road, mute your phone and put it away out of sight. Only use your phone for emergencies.

Limit Conversations and Activity Inside the Car

Even if you don’t try to multi-task or use your phone behind the wheel, other passengers can present distractions to the driver. Passengers or pets being loud or moving around a lot inside the vehicle can take away your attention from the road towards them. Even keeping your eyes peeled to the road while talking with a passenger will make you lose some focus. Overall, it’s best to limit conversations and activity inside the car.

Pull Over If Something or Someone Needs Attention

Sometimes, something or someone will require your attention while you’re on the road. Maybe your child is crying, your pet is no longer secure, or your belongings were thrown around the cabin after some sudden movement. In cases like these, you should always pull over to a safe location before addressing your loved ones or cargo.

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