The distracted driving epidemic has continued to devastate American roadways. According to DMV.org, on average, more than 1,000 people are injured on a daily basis, 9 of which will lose their lives. That’s a terrifying statistic for anyone, especially those with children on the roadways. But distracted driving is much more than just cell phone usage. It can be from everything from eating in the car to changing the radio station.
If you’ve struggled with distracted driving and are looking for ways to kick your bad habits or your family and friend’s bad habits, here are some helpful tips to reduce distracted driving moving forward:
- Put the Phone Away
- This is the easiest way to cut out the distractions. If you put your phone in your purse, pocket, glove compartment or center console, and leave it on silent, you will be able to stay focused on the road without the temptation of your phone sitting in your lap or cup holder.
- Use Hands-Free Devices
- We understand that emergencies happen and not everyone can drive without using the phone. That’s specifically why there are hands-free devices available. Hands-free Bluetooth features in cars and cellphones will allow you to keep both hands on the wheel at all times when operating the vehicle.
- Don’t Make Yourself a Distraction
- If you know a friend or family member is driving when you call or text them, let them know it’s ok to get back to you when they get to their destination.
- Choose Before You Cruise
- If you’re looking to listen to music on your trip, pick a playlist or album before you begin your drive and let it play out. Same with navigation. Make sure to input your destination before you start driving and allow the voice help service to guide your way.
- If Too Tired, Pull Over and Stop Driving
- Tired driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving out there. If you’re on a long road trip or heading home from work at a late hour, and you start to feel drowsy, pull off the road. Don’t try to make it to your destination faster.
- Eat Before You Drive
- Whether it’s your breakfast sandwich on the way to work or some drive-thru goodies, eat your food before you operate the vehicle. Something as simple as a dropped french fry can throw off your focus and put yourself and fellow drivers on the road in danger.
- Limit the Number of Passengers When Possible
- This is especially true for younger drivers but limiting the number of passengers in the car is extremely important. The fewer people in the car, the fewer distractions.
Driving a vehicle is both a privilege and a responsibility. It’s not just you on the roadways. So, make sure you do everything in your power to be the safest driver possible and following these helpful tips to reduce distracted driving.