Even though rapid technological advances can be a great thing for society as a whole and provide many solutions to significant problems, these advancements do come at a price.
Unfortunately, the price is the human attention span. As technology advances, the levels of our attention spans decline.
As you likely know, this can pose serious dangers to all road users. Knowing effective ways to maintain your focus on the road can help you make the best choices while driving. Read on for three tips to help you maintain your focus behind the wheel.
Three Types of Distractions
Before getting into our tips to help you stay focused on the road, it is important to understand that there are three different categories of distractions, including:
Physical distractions require you to take at least one hand off the steering wheel.
Visual distractions require that you remove your eyes from the road.
Cognitive distractions take your mental attention away from driving.
Now that you have a better understanding of the various types of distractions, here are three tips to help you stay focused while your foot is on the gas pedal:
#1 - Make a commitment to drive phone-free.
One of the biggest distractions you may face while driving is your mobile phone. While you may need it to help you with directions and play your favorite songs, it is important to avoid using your phone while driving.
Some of the ways you can do this include:
- Input the address into your phone’s GPS for directions before you take the car out of the park position.
- Select the playlist you’d like to listen to before putting your foot on the gas.
- Place your phone on Do Not Disturb or Driving Mode before heading out on the road.
In case you’re skeptical about the dangers of distracted driving, consider the fact that sending or reading a text message requires you to take your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. When you’re traveling at a rate of 55 miles per hour (mph), it is similar to driving the entirety of a football field without looking.
#2 - Don’t attempt to multitask.
The American economic system often asks us to multitask in order for workers to be as efficient as possible.
While multitasking may serve you well in the workplace, it won’t do you any good out on the road. Make a strong commitment to focus solely on driving while you’re behind the wheel.
This includes avoiding eating, drinking, or anything else that requires you to take your attention away from the road.
#3 - Finish getting ready before leaving the house.
While it may be tempting to try to save time by finishing part of your getting-ready routine when you’re on the road, it is important not to do this.
Grooming, applying makeup, eating, and other getting-ready activities can present serious dangers to you and those on the road nearby, as they require your full attention.
Even if you’re running a little late, it is always best to make it to your destination safely. People will often understand if you’re late, but you don’t want to risk your life and others’ lives just to try to save a few minutes.
We’re Here to Help Injury Victims
Unfortunately, not everyone knows these tips. Sustaining injuries in a car accident as a result of another’s distracted driving is unacceptable and unfair. If it has happened to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to learn more about what we can do to help you.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, our lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP may be able to help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out the online contact form.