Do you want to minimize your distractions while you or teens are driving? Here are some tips to consider:
- 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.
- Make adjustments before you start your trip. Address vehicle systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, sounds systems before you hit the road.
- Finish dressing and personal grooming at home, before you get on the road.
- Snack smart. If possible, eat meals and snacks before or after your trip.
- Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your full attention, pull of the road safely to care for them.
- 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.
- If you have passengers, enlist their help so you can focus safely on driving.
- 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.