Increase Your Focus On The Road With These Simple Driving Tips

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As a busy parent, you’re expected to be in at least three different places at once. The school drop off, doctors’ appointments, grocery shopping, playdates…. the list goes on and on! For parents with busy schedules, getting in the car and getting from A to B as fast as possible is both essential and convenient, but when you’re travelling with little ones in the car, it’s not always easy to keep your eyes on the road.

Bickering on the back seat, little ones crying because they’re uncomfortable, the shrill tones of nursery rhymes playing on an endless loop as you try to concentrate at a busy intersection. All of these things sound pretty normal, yet they could be putting you and your passengers in danger.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, injuries and fatalities on the roads. So, it’s never been more important to drive with focus and safety in mind. Atlanta car accident attorneys are available for you to get in touch with if you’ve been in a crash that wasn’t your fault. 

Here we’ll explore some simple, yet effective ways you can keep focused on the road and hopefully, avoid a collision.  

Leave the phone in the glove box

Most of us recoil in horror when we see someone using their phone whilst driving. Yet, you don’t have to have the phone to your ear to be using it illegally and distracting yourself behind the wheel. Skipping songs on your playlist, checking a notification, checking who’s called you…all of these seemingly harmless actions mean you’re taking your eyes off the road and not focusing on what’s ahead. These kinds of actions can prove fatal.

Start as you mean to go on

Creating good driving habits before you set off can help keep you focused. Before you set off make sure you’ve fastened your seatbelt, you’ve checked and adjusted your seat and mirrors, you’ve put on your music and the children are content. Only when all these elements of your pre-driving ritual are complete should you set off.

Do not disturb

If you’re driving along and you hear the ‘ping’ of a notification or you see a little flashing icon on your smartphone screen, it’s tempting to have a quick glance and see what it is. Again, this seems harmless, but it’s still classed as distracted driving. Consider putting your phone out of sight and in Do Not Disturb mode, that way you won’t receive any calls, texts (check out this Retro style texting and driving video game), emails or notifications whilst you’re driving. 

And finally, get ready at home

When you have children, it’s normal to find yourself running late. This often means eating behind the wheel, brushing your hair, applying your makeup and even changing your clothes whilst the car is moving! You may consider yourself an expert at multi-tasking, but when you’re behind the wheel you should only concentrate on one task: driving! Try to be a little more organised and keep your morning routine to the confines of your home, not your car. 

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