Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of injury and death on Canadian roads. It’s a topic that is taught at driving schools across the country and its importance continues to rise along with the number of potential driving distractions. In this blog, we’ll focus on 5 tips for preventing distracted driving.
- Finish all Dressing and Grooming at Home
While it might be important to look great during an important interview, it’s imperative that the getting ready process doesn’t distract from driving. Thousands are hurt in vehicle accidents each year, simply because they had to check their hair or make-up one last time.
- Avoid Eating Messy Foods on the Road
Hunger can strike during those long drives to work in the morning. Drivers should have access to snacks that are easy-to-eat or drink. Liquid products should always have lids. Soups and other hot food products are best eaten outside of the moving vehicle.
- Put Cell Phones on Silent and Out of Reach
Despite the numerous warnings and the substantial fines, cell phone use continues to be a leading cause of injury and death on Canadian roads. Drivers can avoid the temptation to check their phone by placing their device on silent and out of reach in a back seat area.
- Plan Ahead of Time Using GPS Systems
Another leading cause of vehicle collision-related injuries is the use of GPS systems. Drivers should plan their route before starting their vehicle. This then limits the need to continuously modify the GPS settings on the road. Drivers should also have their GPS audio set to “on” to reduce the need to check the map for instructions.
- Ask Passengers to Prevent Distractions
Passengers can be an important element of safe driving. Drivers should immediately tell a passenger if their actions are causing a distraction. Whether it’s talking loudly or kicking the driver’s seat, any passenger distraction should be addressed quickly to ensure safety of all vehicle occupants.
Safe driving requires foresight and a commitment to reducing distractions while at the wheel. By reviewing the previously outlined advice, drivers can help keep themselves and others safe when they drive. Maintaining complete focus can help reduce preventable accidents.