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5 Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

By April 1, 2023No Comments
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As we enter into April, we want to take a moment and recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving has been a serious issue for many years, and it’s important for us to remain vigilant in our efforts to keep our roads safe. 

Here are 5 tips to help you stay safe on the road and be aware of the dangers of distracted driving. 

1: Put the Phone Away 

First thing’s first: put your phone away! The most common form of distracted driving is caused by cell phone use. In fact, about 400 fatal crashes happen every year due to texting and driving. 

To keep yourself from being distracted, put your phone on silent and put it in a safe spot. If you’re using it for GPS, get a mount for your car so you aren’t touching it while driving. 

2: Don’t Eat While Behind the Wheel 

Eating is another major distraction behind the wheel. Not to mention, you can make a mess spilling all over yourself and the car! A study showed that eating or drinking increased the risk of distracted driving by 39%. If you’re hungry, pull over in a safe spot to have a bite to eat. 

3: Avoid Adjusting the Stereo and Climate Controls 

Setting climate controls before you start driving will ensure you have a comfortable ride, and keep you from adjusting behind the wheel. Adjusting the stereo should also be avoided for distraction, as well. 

The good news is that most modern vehicles have controls on your steering wheel if you can’t stand the song you’re listening to or want to change the volume. Otherwise, waiting until you’re stopped can decrease the risk of distracted driving. 

4: Drive Defensively 

While driving, always make sure you keep your eyes on the road ahead, as well as driving defensively. You should be aware of others on the road to ensure you’re driving defensively and safely. Always be on the lookout for potential hazards, construction signs, or animals depending on where you’re driving. 

5: Take a Break 

If you’re doing a long haul drive, it’s inevitable that you’ll get tired or overwhelmed. Whether it’s a commute to work, or a ten hour road trip, it’s important to pull over and take breaks in a safe space. 


The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that removing distractions while driving and being aware of dangers will help you on the road. Throughout April, and the rest of the year, we want to encourage you to practice safe driving habits with these tips. 

If you’d like to take it one step further, join us in the NSC Just Drive Pledge! That way, we can all work together to keep our roads safe. The pledge encourages drivers to not only drive safe, but speak up when others are distracted. Happy driving!