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Driving with Distractions

09 Mar Blog | Comments

Driving with distractions can make being behind the wheel a bit more tricky. Driving with distractions requires the driver to be even more focused on the road. Below are a list of different distractions at a person could encounter and how to best deal with those distractions.

  1. Cell phone – A cell phone take sure eyes off the road. This can be very dangerous even if you only take your eyes of the road for a moment. The best solution for dealing with a cell phone is to turn it off and put it away or put it down out of reach. If you cannot see it go off or here go off then you won’t have the urge to answer it.
  2. Sunlight – Sunlight is not a distraction you have much control over. Depending on which way you are driving and what time of the day you are driving will depend on whether the sunlight will affect you are not. The best course of action when the sunlight is glaring in your eyes is to use a pair of sunglasses and to give yourself some more space between car in front of you. By giving yourself a little bit more space between you and the car in front of you, you have more time to react.
  3. Passengers – Having passengers in your car makes for a more fun drive, but can also make it more dangerous. Having people in your car especially having conversations can take your attention away from the road. It’s natural for a person to want to engage in the conversation. The best course of action here is to use common sense. If you are an experienced driver and there is not much traffic then chatting a little bit is okay. However, if you are a newer driver you may want to ask your passengers to keep it down so you can focus.
  4. Eating – Eating while driving can be just as dangerous as having a cell phone in your hand. You are not only distracted by what you are eating, but you also don’t have both hands on the wheel. Not having two hands on the wheel can create a dangerous situation if you have to veer or change lanes quickly. The best solution here is for you to eat in the parking lot before you get back on the road.
  5. Weather – The weather you encounter can be very distracting and very dangerous. For example driving through a snowstorm can minimize visibility. If you are unable to see far enough down the road you will be unable to react properly should something happen.

Driving with distractions is really inevitable, but if you are properly prepared to handle those distractions you can minimize the level of risk. For example, if you are driving a far distance looking at what the weather will be like on the way can help you determine if you should still go on the trip.

 

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