When you're behind the wheel, keep your focus on the road.
You're never more dangerous than when you're driving a car. Small mistakes can have big consequences, so the road deserves your full attention. Are you prepared to face and reject the most common distractions? Here's what you can do to stay safe.
Put your cell phone away.
Texting and talking on the phone are not safe activities for a driver. If you are tempted to check your phone or answer a call while you're on the road, turn your ringer off and put your phone somewhere out of your reach.
Get directions safely.
If you have a passenger with you, ask him to be your navigator. You don't want to be reading a map, skimming a list of directions, or typing an address into your GPS while cruising down the street. If you are driving somewhere unfamiliar alone, plan in advance so you can remain free of distraction.
Set boundaries with your kids.
Parents often become distracted when their kids start fighting, making a mess, or taking off their seat belts. It helps to enforce consistent rules for safe behavior in the car. If the rules are broken, don't hesitate to pull over and stop the car until the situation resolves.
Keep both hands on the wheel.
Whether you're digging through your purse, applying make-up in the review mirror, or just trying to change the music, if your hands aren't on the wheel or your eyes aren't on the road, you're too distracted to be driving.
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