The Most Common Driving Distractions

April 19th, 2013 by

Kids-in-Backseat-300x199Everyone can admit to doing some distracted driving at times. This doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to become more vigilant, safer drivers. After a day of work at our Elgin Mazda dealership, during the drive home I can easily be prone to day dreaming. I go on autopilot and before I know it, I’m home. One thing I do to prevent this kind of unsafe driving is to start taking an unfamiliar route home, forcing myself to be more aware of my surroundings. Here are a few of the most common driving distractions to watch out for.

Distractions to Avoid While Driving

  • Children: Noisy kids can be a serious distraction for parents. They sometimes have to turn around to handle them, taking their eyes off the road. Rather than be unsafe like this, always pull over if your kids are giving you trouble.
  • Cell Phone Use: Talking on your cell phone is distracting enough, but throw texting in there and you have a recipe for disaster. Pull over if you absolutely need to use your phone. Better yet: get a new 2013 Mazda with Bluetooth connectivity and a touchscreen display.
  • Pets: Cats and dogs don’t know you need to focus on the road. Animals can easily walk on up and get in your seat while driving. Do yourself a favor and get a pet restraint, which protects you from distractions and will make sure your pet is safe.
  • Eating in the Car: Pretty much doing anything that takes either of your hands off the wheel is a major distraction. You may be in a rush to get somewhere, but it’s not worth getting in a crash or risking the chance you choke while driving.
  • Gaper’s Block: Believe it or not, witnessing an accident while driving is a huge cause of further crashes. Everyone slows down, takes their eyes away from what’s ahead of them, and gets majorly distracted. You’re not going to get in a major crash, but you do risk getting in a fender bender.
  • Playing With the Stereo: You’re adjusting the volume, skipping tracks, and averting your eyes from what is going on. It’s even worse now with iPods and iPhones. Get steering-wheel mounted audio controls to keep your hands on the wheel and an infotainment system that allows you to easily select songs using voice controls.