Simply Sandra – Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

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April is nationally recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so now is a perfect time to share some tips to help you beat distracted driving from AARP Driver Safety. These four tips are designed to help you minimize the distractions that can make driving needlessly more dangerous.

  • Use your cell phone for emergency only. Don’t be afraid to just turn off your phone.
  • If you are drowsy, pull off the road.
  • Limit the number of passengers, as well as the level of activity inside the car.
  • Avoid eating while driving.
  • Organize your stuff and avoid multitasking.
  • Save the serious discussions for later.
  • Use voice commands and Bluetooth sparingly.
  • Use your Smartphone to drive safer.
  • Make your drive time a quiet time.

Some of the most common activities that cause accidents are:

  • Texting
  • Cell phone use
  • GPS interactions
  • Radio Use
  • Getting into arguments with others in car
  • Reading maps
  • Grooming
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Smoking

Getting in accidents leads to higher insurance rates at the lowest extreme and loss of life at the highest. We need to remember what is important. Putting yourself in charge of a few tons of metal going that fast is a serious matter, please don’t forget to take it seriously.