Most of us know all about the risks associated with driving under the influence of alcohol or an illicit substance. However, many of us still have much to learn when it comes to distracted driving. In our digital era, distracted driving is more of a threat than ever.
Distracted driving refers to operating a motor vehicle without giving the road your complete and total focus. It can entail anything from glancing at your dashboard screen too much to actually using your phone when you ought to be watching the road. It’s imperative that every driver avoids driving while distracted. Here are the driving safety tips that you need in the digital age to stay safe.
Be Aware Of Road Workers
Sadly, many roadside workers are injured by distracted drivers every year. When your eyes are on your phone screen, you might not notice that sign notifying you that you’ve entered a smart work zone, which can result in serious injury or even death. You should always assume that you might encounter road workers anytime you get behind the wheel of your car.
Ignore Your Phone
There is no text that’s important enough to take your eyes off the road, period. If you’re in the habit of operating your phone while driving, it’s time to stop. There are many people who think that they are “such good drivers” that they can afford to occasionally take their eyes off of the road. Sadly, many of these people learn that they are wrong when it’s too late and they’ve already been the victims of an accident.
Pull Over In Emergencies
If you’re lost and you need to reboot your GPS or you receive a call that’s absolutely urgent, always pull over. It might seem like a hassle, especially on the highway, but it’s worth it. Once you’ve taken care of whatever business you have to handle on your phone, you can drive again.
It’s up to all of us to end distracted driving. If you follow these tips, you can ensure that you stay safe on the road.