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How can you limit distracted driving?

June 26, 2016

It’s a problem everyone has faced at some point: too much noise, too many things to focus on, too many distractions in the car. These distractions can add up, taking lives with them. So what can you do to limit the distractions you face in your own car?

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there are several ways you can pare down or even completely avoid distractions in your car while you drive. The first tips involve preemptive preparation for trips. This includes getting directions ahead of time so you aren’t finagling with your GPS while you drive, and securing pets so they don’t get underfoot. Additionally, you should be prepared to pull over to deal with surprise problems that you can’t predict ahead of time. This includes dealing with children, or needing to make unexpected important calls.

Nixing distractions is another good step to take. This means no multitasking, no matter how much of a time crunch you’re in. Do not eat, groom or prepare for a work shift or party while you drive, so prepare in advance so you can avoid these things.

Some things should just be avoided altogether. This includes texting. Texting takes your attention off the road for huge chunks of time and is a leading cause in accidents. If you are tempted to text while you drive, try handing your phone to a passenger or putting it somewhere out of your reach, such as the back seat or even your trunk. Without the temptation, you won’t take any risks.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can make your ride infinitely safer for both yourself and other drivers on the road.