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Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions while driving, but here are 7 more.
Did you know that texting isn’t the only distraction while driving?
In 2018, 2,841 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers, but it is not the only one.
No more distracted driving to avoid
Grooming. Pressed for time, some people perform grooming activities in the car, such as putting on makeup or using an electric razor. Do yourself and other drivers a favor by completing your morning routine at home.
Eat and drink. Your steaming cup of coffee spills or your ingredients slip out of your sandwich – a number of distractions can arise when you are driving and dining. Stay safe by saving refreshments until you park.
Passenger monitoring. Caring for kids in the backseat can be up to 12 times more distracting than a cell phone, and having a pet on your lap adds to the distractions.
Rubber. Slowing down to watch a traffic accident could cause your own crash. The same goes for long gazes at billboards, a mailing address, or a great mountain view.
Listening to music and infotainment systems. Listening to your radio at high volume or wearing headphones takes your attention away from the road. These distractions reduce the likelihood that you will hear car horns, emergency vehicles, or other important noises. Likewise, with increasingly intelligent cars, rear DVD players and other passenger devices; there are more distracting sounds than ever that can come from various parts of the car.
Reverie. If you’ve ever found out that you just missed an outing because you weren’t paying attention, you’ve experienced a common distraction: daydreaming. Resist the urge to pull away while driving and keep your attention on the road. Vary your typical driving routes. A change of scenery and traffic conditions could help you stay alert.
Dozed. According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, about 60% of Americans admitted to driving drowsy and 37% dozed off while driving. If you’re sleepy, stop. Walk to wake up, change drivers, or find a safe place to take a nap before resuming driving.
Commercial fleet vehicle drivers drive distractions to avoid
SMS. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prohibits the use of cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle.
External distractions. Don’t let your focus drift on things outside of your vehicle, like billboards or other people.
Shipping while driving. While dispatchers help drivers communicate and navigate, they can be dangerous when your vehicle is in motion. Using a distribution device while driving keeps your eyes and hands away from the road, increasing the risk of a collision.
Hold or read cards. While it is important to review your instructions and notes for a smooth trip, it should be done during a rest stop. Don’t risk distracting your attention from the road by picking up your map and reading it. Although GPS systems are generally considered to be safer, do not attempt to enter information into GPS while driving.
While eating. Eating and drinking while driving takes your eyes and hands off the wheel, which is dangerous for you and the drivers around you. Take a minute to enjoy your meal safely while stopped.
Tired. Drivers should adhere to specific company guidelines as well as state and / or Department of Transportation regulations regarding the maximum number of hours to drive a vehicle. It could help you avoid tiring yourself and being more likely to be involved in an accident.
Stay safe behind the wheel with safer driving tips from State Farm.
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