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Driving without Distractions

by | Dec 18, 2015 | Car Care Tips, Driving Habits, Road Trips, Safe Driving Tips









When you drive in the winter, make sure to slow down and drive with caution. This is because the roads can be covered in snow, ice, and even black ice. You will also not want to be distracted as you drive. The first step is to prevent any distractions when you are driving. There are many ways drivers can become distracted, but the most common distraction is any activity on a cellphone. This includes talking on the phone, texting, taking pictures, and checking the internet. There are also several other distractions that you might be aware of and they can pose a threat. Multitasking should not be done while you are driving. Make sure to use the phone before or after you drive.


Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes focus away from the task of driving. This is important because if you are distracted, it increases the chance for an accident. You may also be distracted if there is an issue with your vehicle. If you mess with the radio or have it too loud, you may not notice if the vehicle starts to make warning noises. If strange noises are ignored or not noticed, it can lead to an unexpected breakdown over time. It will also result in a costly repair bill. The cellphone is not the only way you may become distracted. Messing with the radio or GPS can take your mind off driving as well. Any task you do that requires you to take your eyes off the road for even a second is considered a distraction. The longer your eyes are off the road, the great the chance for an accident to occur.


When you drive, pay attention to the road, traffic, and those around you. By watching the road and traffic, you will be able to notice heavy traffic and stopped traffic. This can allow you to ease into a slower speed rather than having to slam on the brakes. Stomping on the brakes can cause faster wear and tear to the brake system. Slamming on the brakes traveling at a faster speed will also take the vehicle a longer distance to stop. By paying attention to the road, you can also notice if something jumps out on the road like an animal. This can allow you to react immediately to the situation. If you need to use the GPS or navigational system, be sure to do so before driving. This can help decrease the chance you will become distracted as you drive. You may not be able to notice if a warning light on the dashboard illuminates. If the light comes on, it is important to bring the vehicle in for a maintenance inspection as soon as possible. By having it inspected, you can help improve your ride.