How to Avoid Distractions When You Are Behind the Wheel

If you are like most people, you drive almost every day. Such a repetitive, time-consuming task can become mundane. However, attempting to spice up your drive comes at the ultimate risk. If you become distracted while driving, you risk inflicting serious injury or death on yourself and/or someone else. Rather than reaching for your cell phone or becoming preoccupied with the occupants of the car next to you, follow these distraction-preventing tips on your next commute.

  1. Set up your music before you leave your parking space. You are likely a skilled DJ, but try setting up your iPod playlist or tuning in to your favourite radio station before you start your drive.
  2. Adjust the seat, mirrors and temperature settings first. Fiddling with your seat or control settings while in motion diverts your attention away from the road.
  3. Secure all of your belongings ahead of time. When possessions spill or roll around, your natural reaction is to reach for them. Securely store your belongings prior to driving.
  4. Lock your cellphone in the glove compartment. Whether you use your cellphone to look up directions, send a text, snap selfies or make actual phone calls, your phone is a massive distraction. Store it out of sight, so you won’t be tempted to use it while you are behind the wheel.
  5. Program your GPS before you embark. It can be alluring to try and set up your GPS device while you drive to save time, but if you have to look down at your device, you aren’t looking at the road ahead.
  6. Keep your hands on the wheel. This driving school standard works. If both of your hands are on the wheel, they can’t be anywhere they shouldn’t be.
  7. Take a nap when you need it. Over 1/3 of drivers fall asleep while driving at some point in their lives. This is dangerous and unnecessary. If you are drowsy, pull over and take a nap or at least a break.
  8. Secure your children. Children are cute, but because you love them and want them to be happy, they can be a distraction. Make sure they are in their seatbelts and have all they will need before you start your commute.

Distractions are not worth the risk. North Shore Driving School Ltd. reminds you to practice safe driving. For more on how to avoid driving distraction or for information on our driving programs, please contact us today.

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