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
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
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
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.