With a growing number of states cracking down on distracted driving, it’s important to look at
all aspects of the problem. Texting while driving is one of the most common distractions for
drivers today but there are several other things that may take our mind off the road. Here are 5
tips to reduce distracted driving and keep you safe on the road.
1. Put your phone away.
Turn off your phone or put it in “do not disturb” mode while you’re driving and be sure to put it somewhere out of sight. Putting your phone away can help eliminate the temptation to check your messages or scroll through social media at a red light. If you have an emergency while you’re on the road, pull over and use your phone.
2. Eat before you go.
We all get in a rush from time to time but being busy is no excuse for driving distracted. While it may seem like a good idea to save some time and eat your breakfast or dinner while you’re driving, it’s not safe. If you’re focused on eating, you’re paying less attention to the road and the drivers around you.
3. Avoid multi-tasking while driving.
Anything that takes your mind or your eyes off of the road can be dangerous. Driving requires your full attention and you should avoid any other activities when you’re behind the wheel. Avoid things like applying makeup, adjusting the radio, and digging through bags while driving.
4. Keep your kids and your pets safe.
Make sure your kids are secured in proper car seats or buckled in safely, so they don’t cause a distraction while you’re driving. You should also make sure that pets are secured in the back of the vehicle and are not able to roam freely and distract you.
5. Plan the route before hitting the road.
Enter your destination into your GPS or navigation system before you leave home. It’s better to know where you’re going ahead of time and not have to take your eyes off the road to enter it in while you’re driving.
If you’re guilty of any of these distractions, we encourage you to follow the tips above and focus on the road. While these tips will help keep you safe, we’re here to help if you encounter a distracted driver on the road. Give your local Acceptance Insurance agent a call today and let’s get you covered.