Don’t Drive Distracted

Don’t Drive Distracted

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 431,000 people were injured and 3179 killed in motor car accidents resulting from distracted driving in 2014. The numbers are scary and if you want to avoid becoming a statistic stop driving distracted.

 

 

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Don’t Use Your Cell Phone

This is the biggest culprit of distracted driving. And no matter how many times we’re given irrefutable proof of accidents and deaths caused by drivers talking or texting on their phone, there are those who still do it. If you know you cannot resist the ring of a call or the ping of a text notification, switch your phone off while driving.

 

 

Don’t Eat While Driving

We’ve all been guilty of this one. Grabbing a bite to eat and driving around with one hand on the steering wheel while shoving food into your mouth with the other. Some people are even proud of how good they’ve become at it. It’s nothing to be proud of; the slightest change in driving conditions means your ability to react effectively is compromised.

 

 

Set up the Electronics Beforehand

Nothing causes you to take your eyes off the road more than trying to make adjustments to the GPS, radio, or CD player. No matter how good a multi-tasker you are, you can’t possibly be razor-focused on the road while pressing buttons on a device. Pick your radio station or punch in all your GPS coordinates beforehand and simply hit the button when you start driving.

Remember that driving distracted places not only your life in danger, but also the lives of others. All these distractions can wait until you can safely attend to them.

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