How to avoid distracted driving

Date: February 25, 2015

How to Avoid Distractions While Driving

A distracted driver on phone with child unbuckled

The American commuter spends 38 hours a year stuck in traffic according to the Atlantic web site. For some, getting behind the wheel is mundane. For others, it's new or nerve-racking. Regardless, when it comes to driving, safety needs to be a priority.

Here are the top five tips, several recommended by wikihow.com to avoid distracted driving:

The American commuter spends 38 hours a year stuck in traffic according to the Atlantic web site. For some, getting behind the wheel is mundane. For others, it's new or nerve-racking. Regardless, when it comes to driving, safety needs to be a priority.
  • Program your GPS.
    I need to know where I'm going before even getting into my car. It's a lot easier to enter my destination into the GPS before leaving the driveway.
  • Pay attention to your windshield.
    Before I take a longer trip, I always check my wiper blades, wiper fluid and of course, clean my windshield. Filling the wiper fluid is easy; it prevents the agony of trying to see during a storm. I also recommend spraying anti-streak solution on your windshield to keep your line of sight clear.
  • Monitor your kids and/or pets.
    If you're driving with children, buckle them in and provide age-appropriate books and toys to keep them occupied and minimize interruptions while driving. In my case, it's not kids that distract me, it's my three dogs. When I travel, I put the smaller two pups in comfortable crates and confine my big Fox Hound to the back of the car, blocking him from entering the front seat area.
  • Ditch the phone.
    I'm often tempted to use my cell phone while driving, especially when the trip is long. Recently, I've made a few rules. I silence my phone, place it in airplane mode and put it away in my pocket. If I feel the urge to check my voice mail or call someone, I pull over at a rest area or gas station.
  • Prepare your music.
    I saved my biggest distraction for last which is trying to find the right song. I've had a few close calls fiddling with the radio dial. I now set my radio preset buttons and use the "Seek" function rather than pressing random buttons. When it comes to CD's, I pick them before moving my car and put them in an accessible place. Nowadays I also love to set automatic playlists on my phone.

 

By spending a little time planning, I get to where I'm going without the self-inflicted problems I was guilty of in the past and so can you! Also, you can visit Foremost.com to learn all about our Auto product.

What are some things you do to minimize your distractions while driving?

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