In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we are bringing you a few blogs about the hazards. Safe driving requires a great deal of focus. However, even the best drivers can find themselves distracted on the road. There are any number of factors that can impact a person’s ability to focus on their driving, many of which are visual distractions.
What Are Visual Distractions?
When driving, a visual distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road. This category includes a variety of distractions, from checking your hair in the rear-view mirror to texting a friend that you’re on your way to pick them up. Many of these visual distractions are obvious.
However, what about checking your passengers’ seat belt, or looking at your GPS? The safety of your passengers is important, so is making it to your destination on time. With countless factors getting in the way of keeping your focus on the road, how do you prevent yourself from driving distracted?
Minimize the Distractions
It’s impossible to control everything going on outside of your car. As long as cars have windows, there will be visual distractions. Here’s some tips:
- Keep in mind all the different ways other drivers become distracted and use that knowledge to prevent yourself from giving in to all of the visual distractions the road throws your way.
- Pull over if you need to text, make a call (or use a hands-free device!), eat, or adjust your mirror.
- Set your cell phone to silent so you won’t be tempted to look at it while driving if an alert comes through. Some apps will even use GPS to silence your phone when you’re in motion, so you don’t have to worry about remembering.
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