Are You A Distracted Driver?
You're in traffic and you see them probably every day. Distracted drivers. Some may even drift across the line almost
hitting your car - you have to swerve to avoid them. You can see them talking on the phone, shaving, reading, texting, etc...
What you may not know, according to
DMV.org is there are 9 deaths per day in the United States because of distracted drivers and countless injuries and accidents caused by drivers not paying attention.
Perhaps you've been lucky while you were looking through your purse or trying to find that perfect radio station. Perhaps you have the ability to focus on the road no matter how loud your children and their friends are yelling in the back seat. Do you know if you are a distracted driver? We have done some research and discovered the three main types of distractions and how to avoid them.
Three Types of Distracted Driving and How to Avoid Them
- Keep your eyes on the road.
- Think of ONE time when you had to take your eyes off the road for any reason because of something that was going on inside your vehicle.
- Pull over to read directions.
- Most people are very good about doing this. I'm sure you are no exception.
- Put your phone in "Do Not Disturb" mode.
- Do you put your phone in DND mode? Do you know how?
- Keep your phone out of reach.
- Where do you typically keep your phone when you drive?
- Make all adjustments before driving.
- When do you make your adjustments?
- Don't reach for items while driving.
- Are you guilty of reaching for items while you drive?
- Avoid phone calls.
- Do you talk on the phone while you drive? Some people think because they have hands free mode it's OK - what do you think?
- Stay focused on the road.
- Are you a "sight-seeing" driver? Do you like to look around, watch people, etc..?
- Keep your emotions in check.
- Do you drive when you are angry, sad, etc...? Crying can impair vision, if you are angry you may drive faster, or more aggressively or not pay attention to your surroundings.
Bling Your Ding
If you DO get distracted and get into a small fender-bender, you can "Bling Your Ding"! Add some pizzazz and personality to what would otherwise be an eyesore! You have your choice of our
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