What is distracted driving? Well an easy way to look at it is it’s simply an act you take while driving that takes your eyes off the road. Distracted driving affects about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year. But what exactly is considered distracting? Do you consider eating a sandwich a distraction? How about changing the song on the radio? Or even blasting your favourite Shakira song as you sing the lyrics all the way home? Well, the facts are every one of those things is considered distracted driving and can cause a fatal outcome. But this can change, when you start realizing the effects it takes on your driving. To help you in the future, don’t do the following things while driving:
- Talk and/or text on the phone
- Reading (including newspaper, maps etc)
- Watching videos and/or movies
- Eating or drinking
- Grooming of any sort
- Adjusting your radio
- Playing your music EXTREMELY loud
But there’s way to stop yourself from doing the common things above, and this is HOW. Give yourself extra time before you head out to make sure you are fully groomed, ate and are ready for the day. Make any adjustments necessary prior to leaving. This includes setting up your GPS navigation, setting up your favourite songs etc. Keep in mind for newer vehicles, a voice activated navigation system is available, so take advantage of this so you won’t need to take your eyes off the road.
Reduce your risk of getting into an accident by distracted driving. Now you know how it can impact you so set time aside and avoid these distractions or else you might end up regretting it.