We all know that distractions and driving don’t mix. Unfortunately, distraction-related incidents are on the rise in Washington State. With that in mind, we thought we’d offer a few practical tips for reducing distractions so you can focus on what you need to: the road.
1. Put your phone out of reach. Setting your phone in your lap or cupholder may not be good enough. Consider putting it in the glove box or even trunk if need be.
2. Adjust your music ahead of time. To avoid fiddling with your radio, make sure to find that podcast episode you want to while your car is still in park.
3. Keep a tidy car. Remember, distractions can come from anywhere – not just a phone. Take the time to regularly pick up trash and remove clutter that could become loose.
4. Mind your passengers. As the driver, you call the shots. If your passengers are being loud or distracting, tell them so and ask them to remain quiet.
5. Leave on time – or better yet, early. When you get a good night’s sleep and leave the house early for work, you’ll be less tempted to eat or apply makeup in your car. Take care of these tasks outside your vehicle.
We can all work to make Washington’s roads safer by doing our part. What other steps can you take to drive distraction free today?