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5 Things that Interfere with Your Driving

01 Dec Blog | Comments

When you are getting used to something new you are very aware of everything that is involved. For example, when a person is learning to drive he or she is going to double check everything they are doing. The person will double check that they are wearing their seat belt, double check that the mirrors are where they need to be, etc… As we get more comfortable doing a new activity we start to get a little lax on certain things.

Below are 5 things that interfere with your driving, if you are not careful.

  1. Eating – Life moves fast and sometimes people have to try to get a lot done while on the move. One thing many people do, and do not even realize how dangerous it is, is eating while driving. It takes one of your hands off the wheel and that all by itself is not good. Then people reach into bags or drop a fry and go looking for it, taking their eyes off the road.
  2. Music – Many people listen to music or talk radio when they drive. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with that, unless it is up really loud. When the music is so loud that the person cannot hear emergency vehicles coming that is not good. It interferes with the person’s ability to get out of the way.
  3. People – Having friends is great but be aware that have a lot of people in the car can interfere with your ability to pay attention to the road. When there is a lot of conversation going on it is hard to focus on the road. A person tends to want to keep up with what is going on and may not be looking ahead to what is coming up.
  4. Phones – Most people know how much of a distraction a phone can be, but have a really hard time putting it down. Phones are one of the most dangerous distractions there is. Texting someone requires you to take your eyes off the road. Taking your eyes off the road even for a moment can land you in the middle of an accident.
  5. Construction – This type of interference is usually annoying more than anything. However, construction can actually create hostile driving conditions. When construction slows things down or prevents someone from going their normal route he or she may end up getting angry and/or “road rage”.

Driving is a complex set of skills that requires concentration and focus. There are many things happening at the same time when a person is driving, both inside and outside of the car. If a person’s focus is interrupted accidents can occur.

Being a defensive driver is the best type of driver to be. Being a defensive driver helps keeps a person focused on the road, both what is happening around them and what is coming up down the road. Defensive drivers avoid accidents, they do not cause them.

 

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