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3 distractions to avoid while driving
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving is one of the most serious, life-threatening practices on the road today. And with the prevalence of mobile devices like music players and cell phones, the number of possible distractions seems to rise on a yearly basis.
Here are some car care safety tips on avoidable items and situations to prevent an accident caused by distracted driving. Remember, it's not just your life at stake, but those of everyone around you.
1. Watch out for cell phones. Mobile devices have been a cause of distracted driving since their inception more than a decade ago. Lengthy phone conversations can often take up more of your attention than you think, which can consequently cause you to miss important occurrences on the road. Many states now require motorists to use a hands-free device in order to chat while on the road.
2. Refrain from texting. While talking on your phone when driving remains dangerous, texting seems to have become an even greater problem - especially among younger drivers. The activity requires both hands and your visual attention to perform, shifting the focus off the road and onto your phone.
3. Put the food down. If you're eating while driving, chances are that you're in some sort of a rush and more susceptible to careless mistakes and distraction. And even if you're not in a rush, eating while driving provides an unnecessary obstacle to your travels. Plus, food is far more satisfying when it's not happening at 50 mph.
If you need to text or talk while you're on the road, pull over. Or pick up a hands-free device for phone conversations.