We’ve all been in a situation where we get distracted while driving. In fact, studies show that in 2016 over 3000 deaths were the result of distractions while behind the wheel.
It’s not like we don’t hear it all the time either. Whether it’s mom in the backseat or a billboard on the side of the highway, there are reminders everywhere telling us to pay attention to the road.
Still, all it takes is a quick glance at a text message or a clumsy bite of that sandwich with one hand on the wheel, and an accident can occur.
Distracted driving is dangerous, period. Here are 3 little reminders to keep in mind when you get behind the wheel.
The text message can wait
For truck drivers, it’s imperative to be in close communication with dispatchers during a delivery. Try to keep your phone tucked away where you won’t be tempted to check your text messages. If you are expecting an important call, invest in a bluetooth headset to speak on the phone without removing your hands from the wheel. Or, you can always pull over at a rest stop to focus on the call.
Put down that burrito!
Your stomach is growling and you just pulled away from the fast food window. In the bag beside you is a delicious burrito. As those savory smells waft towards your nose, you are tempted to eat while driving. Is it really that bad? Juggling the steering wheel and food is incredibly dangerous. Plus, is it really that enjoyable? Your best move is to eat before hitting the road or pull over and take a break to eat at a rest stop.
Stay attentive at all times
When you’re on a long delivery with hours spent on the road at a time, it can get boring for any driver. Daydreaming can lead to less focus or even dozing off without meaning to. Enjoy the scenery outside, but don’t go overboard. To help ward off boredom, download a few audiobooks or your favorite podcasts. It’s a safer way to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while enjoying some quality listening entertainment.