As a hauling company, we spend a lot of time on the road. So we think the safety of all drivers on the road is important. Here are some Safe Driving Tips on Focused Driving from from AAA.
According to AAA, distracted driving is responsible for around 8,000 accidents per day in the United States. The United States Department of Transportation even says that distracted driving caused at least 5,500 deaths and nearly 450,000 injures in 2009. Lucky for us, combating distracted driving is simple. The opposite of “distracted” is “focused,” so in order to stop being “distracted drivers,” we need to start being “focused drivers.” Follow these tips below for focused driving on the road and to stay safe.
Be Prepared For Your Trip: Before you take off, you should eat, use the bathroom, send all your texts, and make all the phone calls you need to make. When driving, you need to make sure that the only thing you need to do at that time is DRIVE. This means that you should at least be familiar with your route. Constantly glancing down on your phone for directions can be very dangerous while driving.
Put Your Phone Away: It’s very important for some people to have their phone on them at all times of the day. Being away from their cellphone for even a minute is torture for some people. We aren’t saying that you should leave your phone at home (or even turn it off while you are driving). Having a working mobile phone with you is actually very important if you get into an accident (or have an emergency on the road). If you want to stay as safe as possible while driving, however, you need to refrain from cellphone use at all times. Driving with one hand on the wheel and the other hand on your phone is a recipe for disaster!
Take Breaks (or naps): Although stimulants like caffeine can replace rest for a lot of people, they still aren’t as good as the real thing. It’s important to pull over and regroup if anything is bothering you while you are driving. This includes, but not limited to – fatigue, need to use the bathroom, muscle cramps, hunger, etc. Taking regular breaks are important for maintaining focus, especially during long, monotonous driving. If you need a break, take it!
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