When you are driving, all your attention should be on the road. Unfortunately, many people fall victim to common distractions that put their life and the lives of others at risk. There are some simple things you can do to ensure that you stay safe and aware when you are at the wheel.
1. Cell Phone
The most common driving distraction comes from cell phones. Texting while driving has become a huge and controversial issue. Cell phone distraction causes countless car accident injuries each year, many fatal.
When you know you will be driving, place your cell phone where you cannot reach it and use a hands-free device if you need to talk while driving. Remember that when you get behind the wheel, you have the potential to severely injure or kill others with your actions.
2. Disruptive Passenger
Everyone has that one friend or family member who is incredibly disruptive when you are trying to drive. They perhaps are reaching around or in front of you, asking you to take your eyes off the road, or perhaps just being unruly.
If you can, avoid having them as a passenger in your vehicle. If that is not an option, calmly explain to them that you feel as though their behavior has led to an unsafe driving situation. Use examples of their past behavior and request that they stop so you can get them to the destination safely.
3. Radio/CD Player
There is nothing more relaxing than cruising down the road with some relaxing tunes. Then, a pesky commercial comes on and you need to change the station. While it may be tempting to search for a new jam, taking your eyes off the road can quickly turn to disaster. Leave your radio or CD player alone until you are stopped at a light or stop sign.