We all know how dangerous it is to get distracted on the road, but it can happen in an instant.
Recognising the danger of distractions is the first step in staying safe behind the wheel. But while this comes as second nature to most truck drivers, there are plenty of other drivers who aren’t quite so vigilant.
With countless demands on a driver’s attention – some inside the car, some outside and some inside our heads – a post by GEM Motoring Assist lists some tips to help drivers stay focused and drive safely.
1 Keep your phone out of sight
Having a phone with you on a journey is a great idea – as long as you don’t use it while driving. If you want to avoid temptation, keep it out of reach and out of sight (think of the glove box as the phone box). Switch it to silent, turn off Bluetooth and only use in an emergency (and when the vehicle is not moving).
2 Plan ahead
Plan your journey ahead of travel so you know roughly where you are going and how long it will take. If you are not familiar with the route, it’s worth using Google Streetview before you go to give you a feel for the destination and reduce stress levels along the way.
3 Be music smart
If you like to listen to tunes as you drive, create a playlist on your phone in advance. This will mean you don’t need to fiddle with any knobs while driving. Keeping the volume to a reasonable level will also mean you are more aware of what’s happening around you and can react if necessary.
4 Forget about meals on wheels
Food to go is definitely a thing, but not if you get straight behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Make time to stop and eat your meals. Your vehicle might have a dashboard and passenger seat, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them as dining tables.
5 Stay fresh and alert
Make regular stops when you are driving long distances. Get out of the vehicle, walk around, grab a coffee, snack or meal, or even enjoy a quick power nap.
Distractions while driving come in many shapes and sizes. From a buzzing insect to wandering thoughts, you need to stay focused at all times.
How often have you seen examples of distracted driving when you’ve been behind the wheel?