Here’s the thing about distractions — they are EVERYWHERE! From the hottie sitting next to you in class to that new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on TV while you’re trying to study, distractions are capable of messing you up big time. But when driving, distractions aren’t just annoying, they’re deadly. Let’s talk about some of the biggest driving distractions so that you can be sure to avoid them.
1. Cell Phones
Okay, this one’s a no-brainer. Time spent looking at your phone is time you’re not looking at the road, and not looking at the road while you’re driving is…problematic. Unless you have a hands-free system, don’t take calls while driving and wait until you’re not driving to text bae back.
Listening to music while driving is great and helps to pass the time, but sometimes music can be a big distraction. Fumbling with radio stations, trying to change the CD, or trying to hook up your AUX cord while driving takes focus off your responsibilities as a driver and makes you a danger to yourself and others. Don’t like that new Drake song? Wait until you’re at your destination or a red light to change the station. But also, Drake is 100 always, so…
No, I’m not talking about Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, or Joey. Riding around with your friends is one of the best things about getting your license, but you have to be careful. The more people you have in the car, the more distracted you’ll be. It’s hard not to want to join the convo when your friends in the back seat are dancing and laughing and Snapchatting away. FOMO is real! But getting you and your friends to your destination is more important and that should always stay your main focus.
Smoking is always a bad idea imo. It’s especially a bad idea when driving. Think about it…you have to take your hands off the wheel to light up, you can only use one hand to drive because that cig is in the other hand, and what happens if you drop it? You’re frantically searching around your seat and floorboard trying to find it before it burns you or your carpet. It’s not worth it!
Distracted driving is serious business. 1 in 10 fatalities are caused by a distracted driver. Choose to stay safe.