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Distractions are anything that can cause a person to lose concentration. Anything that can make your level of concentration lower than what it had previously been can be considered a distraction. In driving, distractions can be very dangerous and deadly. It is obviously important that we know how to deal with these obstructions to make our trips a lot more safe and manageable. But how does one create a driving environment that is perfectly free of any distractions?

Distraction Free Driving First off, keep your eyes away from all kinds of information panels. It’s not just the screens and meters on your dashboard, but ANY item that would provide you with any sort of visual information must be kept away from you. The screen of your smartphone, the screen of your tablet computer, even simple sources of information such as newspapers should be kept away from your eyes. A slight change in the visual information presented in these objects could instantly change your eyes’ attention onto the object.

For audio stimulus, there is probably no harm in wearing mp3 players or listening to music of some sort. You might however want to keep the volume at a level where you could still somehow hear the things outside. The presence of a semi-trailer truck might be given away very easily by mirrors, but additional audio information can still help you greatly in judging its correct distance.

It is never wise to entertain any kind of phone call or text while driving. A classic tip it might seem, but talking on a cell phone while driving makes you four times as likely to crash, and texting while driving increases your chances of a crash by up to 8 to 23 times. While a growing number of drivers are turning to hands-free devices, studies show hands-free devices provide no safety benefit. It's the conversation, not the device that creates the danger.

Finally, elements that can disturb you while driving such as food or drinks should be avoided. You never know when these things might cause trouble. Some research has found that eating while driving is responsible for nearly 80% of all car accidents.

In life there are things we can control, and there are things we can’t. Reduce your chances of having an accident by controlling your distractions while driving. You can control distractions inside your vehicle much more easily than those outside.

By Matt Reynolds - Google+
Posted 3:21 PM

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