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Common Distractions for Drivers

by hastypope on February 1, 2013

When it comes to operating an automobile, many take for granted just how much focus is required in order to keep those in your car and those driving around you safe.  Because most of us drive every day, and our routes are typically the same, we can often get distracted by other things we believe are more important.  When this happens, the chances of being involved in an accident escalate.  Below are the most common distractions a driver can experience at any given time.

Texting

More and more drivers are being tempted with their phone than ever before.  The desire to text and drive is so strong, that a law has recently been created making it illegal.  When a driver takes their eyes off the road, even for a brief moment, it can lead to serious accidents.  It only takes a moment for an accident to happen, and many times they can be avoided if only the driver was paying attention.  The best way to reduce your temptation of texting and driving is to simply put your phone away while driving.  Locking it in your glove compartment is a way to help you avoid the temptation of texting while driving.

Putting on Makeup

Many women will admit that the best way to save time in the morning when getting ready for school or work is by putting on their makeup in the car.  Although this may be a time saver, it can be a terrible decision.  Rear view mirrors are designed to be glanced into and not starred at.  When a person takes their focus off the road and onto something else, the chances of having an accident escalate.  Plan ahead and don’t leave anything to chance while in the car.  Avoid any task that will shift your focus away from the road.

Talking on the Phone

Although talking on the phone may not cause you to look away from the road, it can certainly limit your ability to process what is happening in front of you.  Running red lights and changing lanes without a blinker are just a couple of things that could happen if you are busy talking on your cell phone while driving.

When you are behind the wheel, it is important to limit your risk of being involved in an auto accident.  You can successfully do this by simply freeing yourself from any distraction.  Focusing on the road is your priority when driving a car and making adjustments to your lifestyle may be needed if you want to be safe on the road.

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