April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and many are making a pledge to be a more attentive driver. According to the National Safety Council, distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. Use these ways to decrease distractions while driving:
Put your phone away
Cell phones are one of the most dangerous driving distractions. Even using your phone hands-free can cause you to miss important visual or auditory cues needed to avoid dangerous situations. If you have to use your phone, pull over to a safe location.
Don’t drive drowsy
Another common distraction is driving when you’re tired. Up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers. If you feel tired, get off the road. We also suggest using these tips to get better sleep and reduce daily drowsiness.
Don’t eat and drive
Eating while driving might seem like a time-saver, but it makes you a less attentive driver. Food spills can be especially dangerous, because it can cause you take your eyes off the road or unintentionally swerve.
In summary, it’s best to just avoid multitasking altogether when you’re behind the wheel. Before you shift out of park, make sure your audio and temperature settings are all in the perfect place so you don’t have to mess with buttons while you’re driving.
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