As we become more experienced in driving, it becomes easy for us to take our safety for granted on the road. The more confident we grow in our driving skills, the more likely we can become to distract ourselves while driving. Car accidents claim the lives of thousands of people every day. To help you avoid being one of those thousands, here are some distractions you can avoid while driving:
Eating and drinking
Having a snack or a meal on the road may seem like a good way to save time, but it can cost you dearly with a serious accident. Taking a hand off the wheel to hold a drink or burger reduces your ability to properly maneuver around obstacles and inhibits your ability to use signals while driving.
Driving is not something that only calls for your eyes on the road; you also need to keep your ears open as well. Being able to hear your surroundings means you have another method of spotting possible dangers around you. If your radio is too loud, you may not be able to hear someone trying to get your attention with their car horn.
A GPS is a great tool to help you get to your destination, but it can also be a distraction. Updating your GPS was driving or diverting your attention too much to the directions can become a fatal mistake. Instead of looking at your GPS for the next turn, try turning on the voice directions so you can keep your eyes on the road and listen for the next steps to your destination.
Prioritize your driving
There are many things that can distract you while driving. Do not make the mistake of letting your food, music, GPS or anything else distract you from keeping yourself, your passengers, and everyone around you safe while driving.