While driving, you need to be alert and focused on everything that is going on around you. If you are driving on the highway, you have to monitor your speed to make sure you are driving within the legal boundaries of the established speed limit, and you also have to be sure to stay properly within your lane and watch out for other drivers who are switching lanes and coming onto or exiting the highway. You also need to switch lanes carefully and be aware of and prepared for any upcoming exits. While driving city or suburban streets, you need to also be aware of animals crossing the road as well as pedestrians who are crossing the street, in addition to cars coming out of intersections. And you have to be aware of traffic lights, signs, and roadblocks as well.
With so many things to be aware of while you drive, it can be dangerous to become distracted. Yet every driver experiences the same common distractions every time he or she enters a vehicle. Below are three common driving distractions that you should be aware of and know how to deal with properly so that you can avoid getting into or causing an accident.
Mobile phones are, by far, one of the biggest and worst distractions to drivers on the road in the 21st century. Drivers who talk, chat, or even surf the internet while they drive are more likely to get themselves involved in a car accident. Even if you use a hands-free headset or speakerphone to have a conversation, that conversation can be distracting enough to make you fail to see an animal or person crossing the road up ahead or it can make you forget to check before switching lanes. Therefore, it is best to keep your mobile phone use to a minimum or eliminate it completely while you are driving. Your conversation can be saved for later and your texts do not need to be responded to right away.
Whether you use the radio, a CD player, or your iPod to listen to your favourite music while you drive, keep in mind that it can be very distracting to have to switch between radio stations, albums, or songs. Creating a playlist, hitting the randomise button for your CD player or iPod, or setting radio pre-sets are all ways to help you keep your eyes on the road while enjoying a variety of music. But remember that even taking your eyes off the road for just a second, to change tracks on your iPod for example, can cause you to miss something on the road and end up in an accident.
Keep the volume of your music at a reasonable level at all times to ensure that you will be able to hear the sirens of an emergency or police vehicle or the car horn of a fellow driver.
Simply put, save your large meals for when you are parked, as trying to juggle food and a drink while you drive is distracting and dangerous.
Johnathan Campbell is a renowned author and expert in all things car safety. He frequently visits indigocarhire.co.uk to check out the latest deals and information on the safest cars to hire.