Although texting and driving is one of the most dangerous habits known on the road today, it is not the only way to quickly become distracted while attempting to get to your destination. Knowing how to stay distraction-free at all times is imperative to not only protect yourself on the open road, but all others who are on the road operating motor vehicles along with you.
Staying Aware of Your Surroundings
Always stay aware of your surroundings when driving, including motorists on bikes, pedestrians and drivers who may be inebriated or not following the law themselves. When you are aware of your surroundings, the roads and other vehicles on the road it is much less likely to find yourself in a jam or a potential accident with another driver.
When you are driving it is essential to remain hands-free at all times, especially during rush hour or in locations with heavy traffic. Rid any drinks, music players and cell phones from your hands while driving so it is easier to keep them in the proper position for defensive driving. If you need to make a phone call or send a text, pulling over and parking somewhere safe is the best way to go, regardless of how long you have been driving and whether or not you believe you are equipped to handle the distractions. All that is required for an accident is just a few seconds of not paying attention or being fully aware of what is going on around you, triggered by texting, coffee and even talking on the phone while driving.
Keep Distractions at a Minimum
If you have others in your vehicle, ask them to avoid becoming too loud or distracting. Keep music buds out of your ear while driving so you are able to hear emergency vehicles, horns and other motorists near you.
Check Your Mirrors Frequently
It is always important to check your mirrors frequently while driving, whether you are on a residential street or a highway. Checking your mirrors and looking over your shoulder when driving is a way to minimize distractions while staying aware at all times.
When you are able to keep yourself from becoming distracted while driving you are much less likely to encounter an accident or potentially fatal crash. The more aware you are when driving at all times, the easier it is to remain a defensive driver without having distractions in your hand or in your ear.
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