The number one cause of car crashes is driver distraction, and is it any wonder when there are so many things just waiting to grab your attention?
Even if you’re used to multi-tasking, trying to juggle all the aspects of driving with something such as checking your texts or drinking a coffee is just asking for trouble – never mind all the peripheral stuff that is going on outside your car.
The most common distractions:
- Texting – 51%
- Children in the car – 36%
- Talking on the Phone – 45%
- Chatting to a passenger – 32.3%
- Changing radio/CD/MP3 – 40.4%
- Road Rage – 32%
- Staring at an accident – 39.8%
- Having an argument – 31%
- Eating or Drinking – 37%
- Lighting a cigarette – 29%
Dealing with distractions:
- If you need to do something distracting, find a safe place to pull over
- Recognise what makes you distracted, then work out whether or not you really need to do it
- Make sure you’re ready to drive before setting off. After an emotional event, you might need to take some time to calm down
- Use technology sensibly – or not at all
- Plan your route in advance so you’re not having to work out your route as you go along.