Focusing on your cellphone and other distractions while driving can lead to impairments such as a decreased awareness of surrounding traffic, a sense of tunnel vision and increased reaction times. These can have dangerous consequences for you and other drivers.
While there isn’t much you can do to control how other people drive, limiting your own distractions can help you better react to any dangers you may encounter. Use the following tips to minimize distractions while driving:
- Make sure that you are well-rested before you drive. If you feel fatigued or drowsy on the road, pull over immediately.
- Don’t use your cellphone to call or send messages. If you absolutely need to talk with someone, pull over somewhere first.
- Store any loose items that could roll around in the vehicle so that you aren’t tempted to reach for them while driving.
- Limit your conversations with any passengers and ask them to keep their voices down to help you concentrate.
- Avoid looking at a map or other written directions while driving. Instead, use a voice navigation system or pull into a parking lot to get your bearings.
- Only adjust the radio or other music players when your vehicle is at a complete stop.
- Don’t eat or drink while driving.
- Never try to touch up your appearance using the rearview mirror. You should do this once you reach your destination.
- Never use a cellphone or hands-free device in heavy traffic, inclement weather or in work zones.
Be a responsible driver, and make paying attention to the road and traffic around you your top priority. For more safe driving tips, contact us today at (718) 461-8300.