While normally unintentional, distracted drivers continue to be involved in serious and even fatal car accidents throughout Australia. Although most of us have been guilty of being distracted whilst driving, the good news is it’s so easy to reduce distractions and increase safety.
We've outlined a few simple tips to reducing driver distraction – although simple and seemingly common-sense, they may just save your life.
• Turn off your mobile phone when driving. If you have to use your phone whilst behind the wheel, only do so if using Bluetooth or a hands free kit
• Never text whilst driving – as texting requires the driver’s visual, manual and cognitive attention it is the most dangerous form of distraction
• If you are going somewhere unfamiliar, check your map before departing or pull over in a safe place. You can also use a portable GPS or have passenger’s look at the map instead
• Make sure music is at a volume low enough for you to concentrate
• Ask passengers to be quiet if conversation’s are making it difficult to maintain concentration
• Avoid eating, drinking or smoking whilst driving – pull off the road or stop somewhere instead
• Adjust vehicle controls such as air conditioning and CD player before starting your journey
• Ensure pets are properly restrained in the vehicle
• Keep windscreens, windows and mirrors clean so your driving view is unobscured
Following these simple steps will help you stay focussed on the road and other vehicles, and help you stay safe while behind the wheel. Do you have more tips on reducing driver distraction? We’d love to hear them! Drop us a line on our Twitter page.