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Phones are not the only distraction in your car

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There is a specific element of multitasking that comes with driving a vehicle. From the moment you start your car, you need to think about several things at the same time so that you and the others on the road and in the vehicle can be safe.

In some sense, distractions are inevitable. However, as a driver, it is your job to avoid the distractions that can you and manage the remaining potential distractions.

Here are a few tips for managing the distractions in your vehicle.

Eating on the go is a no-no

Eating is a simple task. Whether you are a teenager or an older driver, you have been eating for many years. You have likely managed to eat while performing other tasks.

Despite the abundance of drive-thru restaurants, eating while you drive can be a significant distraction. Of course, if everything goes well, there is nothing to worry about. However, any meal could be risky since you could be distracted by spills or drips from hot food.

Minimizing eating while driving can help you stay focused on the road instead of a sandwich falling apart into your lap.

Managing the children

Children are a distraction that you cannot avoid. If you have children, you will need to take them places, and they will add a level of distraction.

Your kids are an example of a distraction that you need to manage. You can help your children be less distracting by considering options such as:

  • Having an adult passenger who can tend to the children’s needs
  • Giving your children activities to entertain themselves
  • Teaching your children to ride quietly so everyone can be safe
  • Using incentives when they are quiet
  • Ensure that your children are secured in their car seats

There will be a learning process for you and your children as you work together to avoid distractions.

When driving, watch for things that can be a potential distraction and determine if they are something you can remove or need to manage. As you remove more distractions, you may find it easier to manage the remaining distractions.