Eyes On The Road: 9 Ways To Minimize Driving Distractions

minimize driving distractionsSafety is a priority for most drivers today. And it’s a fact, most accidents could be avoided if all drivers paid attention to their surroundings and drove defensively.

Although you cannot control the actions of other drivers, you can do a better job of watching out for them and other hazards if you minimize distractions. To help our customers stay safe on the road, here are nine ways to minimize driving distractions:

  1. Put away the gadgets. No phone call, text or email, no matter how important or urgent, is worth your life. Pull over before answering a call or reading a message.
  2. Don’t eat and drive. It is impossible to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road while you’re simultaneously downing a cheeseburger or salad.
  3. Get ready before leaving. It sounds ridiculous, but many of us have been guilty of putting on clothes or makeup while driving.
  4. Clean up clutter. You don’t want any loose objects rolling around in the car, especially if they end up underfoot or under the brake pedal.
  5. Secure kids and pets. Get everyone buckled in before you hit the road, and have pets in a pet carrier.
  6. Get comfortable before getting into gear. Adjust the position of your seat, mirrors and steering wheel while sitting safely in your driveway.
  7. Know your route. You don’t want to be focused on a map or an app when you should be focused on the road.
  8. Have a DJ. Searching for songs on your phone, MP3 player or car stereo takes your eyes and your mind off the road. Let a passenger control the tunes, or set up a playlist before driving.
  9. Be alert. You can’t really minimize driving distractions if you are too mentally tired or preoccupied to pay attention.

In the end, driving distractions are easy to minimize. A different sort of distraction is driving a car that doesn’t meet your needs anymore. At Swapalease, we can help you find someone who wants to take your car if you’re no longer happy with it. And we can help you find a car if you’re in the market. Check out how we do that, and then get in touch with us.

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