According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,841 people died in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2018. Distracted driving includes anything that can take your attention away from the road like a phone, other passengers, and engaging in other activities while driving. To help you stay focused, here are some tips on avoiding distractions in the car.
- Make all vehicle adjustments before you start driving. This includes checking your mirrors, adjusting the climate settings, programming your GPS, moving your seat and tuning your radio.
- Eat before you start your trip. If you get hungry while driving, pull over while you are eating.
- If you find you regularly have to finish getting ready for work while driving, make a commitment to get up 10-15 minutes earlier, so you are completely prepared before you sit down in your car.
- Put away potential distractions. Keep your phone — and anything else that might draw your attention away from the road — someplace where you can’t see or reach it.
- Keep your children secure in their car seats. If they need your attention while driving, consider pulling over to help them. It can be dangerous to reach into the backseat while you’re in motion.
- Ask your passengers to help you stay focused on the road, if they are old enough to understand.
Putting your phone down and forfeiting your favorite car snack are small prices to pay to help make the road safer for everyone. If you want a few more ideas on how to avoid distracted driving, give us a call at Copeland Chevrolet.