Category: General

Tips on How to Avoid the Distractions while Driving

Do you want to minimize your distractions while you or teens are driving?  Here are some tips to consider:

  1. Storing loose gear and possessions that could roll around in the car, so you don’t feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or far seat.
  2. Make adjustments before you start your trip. Address vehicle systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, sounds systems before you hit the road.
  3. Finish dressing and personal grooming at home, before you get on the road.
  4. Snack smart. If possible, eat meals and snacks before or after your trip.
  5. Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your full attention, pull of the road safely to care for them.
  6. Put aside your electronic distractions. Don’t use cell phones while driving – handheld or hands free – except in absolute emergencies. See how your cell phone usage can severely distract your attention to the road.
  7. If you have passengers, enlist their help so you can focus safely on driving.
  8. If another activity demands your attention, instead of trying to attempt it while driving, pull off the road and stop your vehicle in a safe place. To avoid temptation, power down or stow your devices before heading out.

Overall, as a general rule, if you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some activity, it’s a distraction.  Take care of it before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.  Go to AAA for more information.

Are you prepared for Winter driving?

Winter driving presents many challenges. The cold weather tests the limits of our automobile’s abilities and functions.   The sleet and snow conditions can test everyone’s driving abilities. Below are some quick tips from AAA to help us prepare while winter travel on the road.

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Watch a great video on more winter driving tips or go to AAA Exchange for more information on this topic.