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Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a major problem on the roads, and these days, it is worse than ever. With technology becoming more and more a part of our lives, it is often difficult to turn off all those distractions while behind the wheel. But knowing what distractions you’ll face can often help bring them top of mind and help you avoid them. Here are some of the things competing for your attention while you drive.

Your Cell Phone

Your cell phone is, without a doubt, the biggest distraction for most drivers. And with phones becoming more and more sophisticated and essential parts of our lives, it’s easy to see why some people don’t think a text message or email can wait until they are safely parked. In fact, a growing number of states have laws now again using your cell phone behind the wheel. To avoid this distraction, simply place your cell phone in a pocket, the passenger seat, or the glove box and leave it there until you reach your destination.

Food & Drink

Most people think that eating or drinking while they drive is no big deal, but the distraction of food or drink is a major one. You may think you can pay attention, but your focus will be anywhere but the road if you spill a cup of coffee in your lap or get a blob of ketchup on your clean white shirt. Avoid this distraction by simply waiting until you get where you are going before you chow down.

Your Car Itself

More than ever before, your car is a major distraction on the road. With the GPS, the radio, touch screens, and all sorts of bits and bobs, your car can steal your attention from the road more than you think. The solution to this is a “set it and forget it” one; make sure your various distractions are adjusted before you leave your driveway and leave them alone until you reach your destination.

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