By now everyone should know that texting or typing on your phone is incredibly dangerous while driving. It can cause an accident and people can be killed. If you are caught using your phone there are heavy fines and your insurance premiums will go up drastically. Everyone should know that it is not okay to operate your phone while driving. However not everyone knows that you can become distracted in other ways while driving. Be careful to avoid these less obvious ways you can be distracted:
Phone calls. People know not to hold their phone and talk on it while driving. However many people talk on their phone via bluetooth. This is fine when the car is parked but anything that takes away from your attention while driving is not good. It is best to avoid taking calls while driving all together and pull over if you need to make a call.
Electronics: Smart watches are great for checking all your notifications. However, taking your eyes off the road for one second can cause an accident. It is best to disable notifications on your smart devices while driving because instinctively you may look to see what notification you have. It is best to be 100% focused while behind the wheel.
Car adjustments. Before you leave your driveway make sure your mirrors, seat and steering wheel are the way you like it. Set your favorite radio station and temperature before leaving. Even small distractions like fiddling with settings can be the cause of an accident.
Avoid Eating and drinking. We’ve all been late and grabbed something to eat in a drive through to eat on the way. However, it is much safer to have your coffee and bagel while parked. Food can fall apart and drinks can spill. This can distract you and cause an accident. It is best to only eat while your car is parked or if you are a passenger.
Driving Drowsy. If you are overtired pull over and take a rest. Being drowsy can severely affect your reaction time and ability to drive. It is always safer to take a quick (or long) rest instead of driving drowsy. Make sure to pull over in a safe spot like a public parking lot. Give your body a chance to rest so you can focus on the road.