We’ve all seen them on the roads. You might even know a few of them and could be one yourself. Distracted drivers come in all shapes, sizes, ages and experience levels. Even if you’re not one today, that could change at any moment, in the time it takes you to answer your cell phone or check the kids in the back seat while driving through your neighborhood.
Distractions come in many forms, however according to the U.S. Department of transportation, there are three main kinds of distractions of most concern that you should be aware of:
- Visual- taking your eyes off the road
- Manual- taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive- taking your mind off what you’re doing
You can help to avoid all three kinds of distractions by following these few tips…
- Put your phone in silent mode and store it away from the front seat or in a purse or bag. This helps to reduce temptation
- Have a passenger answer your phone or return text messages that are considered important.
- If a call or a text cannot wait, be sure to pull over in a safe spot before using your phone.
By following these few tips, you’ll be happier and much safer while on the road!