Steering Clear of Distractions

By Jessica

Before you hit the open road, let's talk about the checks that can make your journey not only smoother but safer too. 

What Are the 4 Types of Distracted Driving?

Visual Distractions:

  • Picture this: you're driving down a scenic route, and your eyes wander to take in the breathtaking view. While it sounds harmless, visual distractions like admiring the scenery, reading billboards, or even checking out the latest billboard advertisement can take your eyes off the road. It only takes a moment for things to go awry.

Manual Distractions:

  • Ever adjusted the radio, reached for a snack, or fumbled with your GPS while driving? That's a manual distraction. Any activity that requires you to take your hands off the wheel is a potential hazard. Keeping both hands on the wheel is your best defense against manual distractions.

Cognitive Distractions:

  • Your mind is a powerful tool, but it can also be a source of distraction. Daydreaming, deep conversations, or even being lost in thought about your to-do list can divert your attention from the road. Staying mentally focused on driving is crucial to avoid cognitive distractions.

Auditory Distractions:

  • While sounds are an integral part of driving, certain auditory distractions can pose risks. Blasting music at high volumes, engaging in loud conversations, or even having distracting conversations on the phone can impact your ability to hear important sounds on the road, such as horns or emergency sirens.

Now that we've shed light on the different types of distractions, let's shift gears and delve into the essential pre-drive checks that will set you up for a distraction-free and safe journey.

Check Your Mirrors:

  • Your mirrors are your extra set of eyes on the road. Before starting your engine, take a moment to adjust your rearview and side mirrors. Ensure you have a clear view of the surrounding traffic and blind spots. It's a small step that makes a big difference.

Secure Loose Items:

  • Nothing can distract you faster than items rolling around your car while you drive. Secure loose items, like water bottles, bags, or any belongings that could become projectiles in the event of sudden braking or turns. A clutter-free cabin is a distraction-free zone.
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Power Down Your Phone:

  • Your smartphone is a treasure trove of distractions. Before hitting the road, power it down or put it on silent mode to minimize the temptation of checking messages, calls, or notifications. Remember, it's crucial to keep your focus on the road ahead.

Set Up Your GPS:

  • If you're relying on GPS for directions, set it up before you start driving. Input your destination, adjust the volume, and secure the device in a holder. Avoid fumbling with your GPS while driving, as it falls into the category of manual and visual distractions.

Adjust Your Seat and Steering Wheel:

  • A comfortable driving position is key to staying focused. Before starting your engine, adjust your seat and steering wheel to ensure a comfortable and ergonomic driving posture. It may seem simple, but comfort contributes to your overall attention on the road.

Test Your Lights:

  • Ensuring your lights are in working order is not just for nighttime driving. Test your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals to ensure they're functioning correctly. Proper lighting not only keeps you visible but also signals your intentions to other drivers.
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There you have it – your go-to checklist for distraction-free and safe driving. As you embark on your next road adventure, remember that being a responsible driver goes beyond the wheel; it's about creating an environment that minimizes distractions and maximizes safety.

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