We’ve been driving distracted long before we started being glued to our cell phones. However, with the technology we have all around us now it has given us more to distract ourselves with.
Comedy Defensive Driving recently posted an infographic filed with the best in driving fails on their website, and it’s pretty likely that some of these happened when the driver was distracted, whether it was by texting or putting on their makeup.
Here are some tips to help you avoid distracted driving so you don’t end up like one of those people.
Many states in the U.S. have laws about texting and driving. Many people have been in accidents or even died because of texting and driving. in fact, texting while driving raises your chances of a crash up to 23 times more likely.
Texting isn’t the only distraction. Are you checking your Facebook while driving? That’s even worse! And it doesn’t matter if you just read a text. Plus, answering your phone and talking on your phone can also distract you long enough to get in an accident.
While eating isn’t tech related the drive throughs that put us on the road eating could be considered technological advances. Eating is a distraction, and so is drinking. Especially if you spill that scalding hot coffee in your lap.
Do not do your makeup when you are driving (this goes for guys too). You won’t get that eyeliner on perfect in a moving car, so just wait. Or, better yet, get ready a little earlier so you can do your makeup before you leave the house.
Kids and Pets
If you are travelling with children and/or pets you know what a distraction they can be. Feel free to glance in the rearview mirror if you sense chaos in your backseat, but do not turn around. That few seconds it takes you to turn can put you in a ditch or worse. Here’s a chance, with kids anyway, to put technology to use. Give kids a tablet to play games on when on the road. As far as pets go, keep them in travel kennels or use a doggy seatbelt for larger dogs.
Pretty much anything that takes one or both hands off the wheel or anything that takes your eyes of the wheel, even for a moment, is a distraction and can cause an accident.
Your best bet when you are driving is to just drive. Pick your CD or radio station before you get on the road. Buckle the kids and pets in. And, put your phone away so that it doesn’t tempt you at all. Then you’ll be safe from driving into wet cement or other weird disasters!