5 Tips on how to reduce driver’s distractions on the road

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* Tips on how to reduce driver’s distractions on the road *

Driving is a complete task that requires your full attention every time you get behind the wheel. The misconception by some drivers is that “Driving, especially in familiar environment as a simple everyday task that requires minimal attention”

When you are driving, you are doing one or all of the following:

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  • Operating a heavy piece of machinery at high speed
  • Navigating across changing terrain
  • Calculating speed and distance
  • Responding to other drivers, signs, signals and obstacle.

Consider carrying out all these tasks at the same time; and also fiddling with your mobile phone.

Research has it that drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to be in a collision than a driver who is focused on the road.

There are a number of potential distractions and these may include:

  • Devices such a s hand-held cell phone, organizers and laptops
  • Reading map or other material
  • Grooming activities
  • Eating and drinking
  • Tending to children or pet

Tips on how to reduce driver’s distractions on the road

Managing distractions is easy. The following are some tips to help reduce driver’s distraction:

  1. Make it a habit to use your cell phone only when parked, have a passenger take the call or let the caller go to voice mail.
  2. Before you start driving turn off your cell phone
  3. Identify the preset your vehicle climate control, radio and CD player
  4. Attend to personal grooming and plan your route before leaving
  5. When hungry or tasty, take a break.

A recent study shows that when drivers take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds, their crash risk doubles. A driver using a cell phone is four times more likely to be involve in a crash than a driver who focus on the road.

In three seconds driving, sixty kilometers per hour you travel fifty meters – that’s the distance across half a football field. A momentary distraction can result in dead or serious injury.

Avoid distraction as much as possible.

* Tips on how to reduce driver’s distractions on the road *


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