We all know that distracted driving is dangerous. Distractions can be big or small, mental or physical. But how do you avoid the temptation to do other stuff when you should be focusing on driving? Here are Aceable’s favorite tips for avoiding distracted driving.
10. Wait for a red light.
All those little things you do to make a drive more comfortable (adjusting the A/C, scanning through radio stations, moving the sun visors, etc.) can wait until you reach a red light. Instead of doing these non-critical tasks while driving, take care of them when you’re at a complete stop.
9. No laptops or tablets allowed.
If you have ever tried to use a laptop while driving, you are actually insane. If mobile phones are dangerous behind the wheel, then holding up a tablet or computer is even worse. Leave ‘em at home or safely stored in their cases.
8. Keep pets in carriers.
So the love of your life, Nacho, needs to go to the vet. Don’t just let him roam freely in the car! The last thing you need is an extra four paws stepping around the brake and accelerator pedals. We understand that shoving an unwilling cat into a crate is about as easy as getting toothpaste back into the tube, but it must be done.
7. No minivan parties.
Unless you’re a passenger on a party bus, wait until you get to your destination before you bring the ruckus. Dancing, loud music, and generalized whiling are some of the best things life has to offer. Just don’t do it when you need to be concentrating on driving (or your friend is).
6. No reading.
Again, are you kidding? Do you get your multitasking advice from Laptop Driver (above)? DO NOT read while you’re in control of a moving motor vehicle. That means no books, junk mail, party invitations, or maps. Pull over and stop the car if you truly need to read something.
5. Get ready at home.
Makeup is hard. Seriously, getting perfectly symmetrical cat eyes is difficult enough without having to worry about, you know, dying in a traffic collision. Don’t count on your commute as extra time to fix your hair or apply cosmetics. It’s better to show up safely with #nomakeup.
4. No rubbernecking.
Don’t be nosy. If there’s a crash scene or broken-down vehicle on the side of the road, don’t slow down and stare at it.
3. Pick your music first.
Whether you prefer club bangers or podcasts, get that stuff set up before the wheels start rolling. Switching playlists on your phone or looking for a mix tape (Ooooh, old school) is an unnecessary distraction for drivers.
2. Don’t eat and drive.
Even the most expertly rolled breakfast burrito is gonna be a messy problem if you’re clutching it in one hand and blindly biting at it while you try to keep your eyes on the semi-truck merging in front of you. Eat before or after your drive, not during it.
1. Don’t use your phone!
What’s the one activity more distracting than trying to eat string cheese while driving? Using your phone. Texting, taking a call, or whatever else you like to compulsively check on your phone: all these activities can take your hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, and mind off the task of driving. That’s a triple threat (not in the Hollywood sense of the word). Keep your phone on silent and out of your reach.