Tips to reduce distractions while driving.
Distractions both inside and outside of your vehicle can draw your focus away from the road. Learn what these distractions are and how to avoid them while driving.
Before you drive:
- Allow plenty of travel time
- Review maps and directions
- Turn off mobile devices
- Stow and secure loose objects
- Prepare children with everything they need
- Secure pets properly
- Pre-set the climate control and radio
- Pre-program your route on GPS
While you're driving:
- Allow phone calls to go to voicemail
- Don’t text, surf the web or read emails
- Avoid eating, drinking or smoking
- Avoid grooming
- Stop at a safe location to make phone calls
- Keep two hands on the wheel for better control
- Keep your eyes and mind on the road
- Be aware of pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers
Types of distractions.
In-vehicle distractions could be:
- Passengers and conversations
- Unsecured pets in the car
- Mobile devices
- Listening to music too loudly
- Locating addresses and setting GPS
- Smoking while driving
- Personal grooming
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting vehicle controls
Out-of-vehicle distractions could be:
- Collision sites and emergency vehicles
- Other driver behaviour and actions
- Construction sites and road maintenance crews
- Street noise
- Scenery and wildlife
Put your phone down and focus on the road.
Studies show that dialing and texting carry the highest degree of risk of all cell phone-related activities with motorists who text being 23 times more likely to have a collision.