Though you certainly know that driving while distracted can easily cause a car accident, you may feel that avoiding distractions is impossible. It can certainly take effort to avoid becoming distracted, and in some cases, you may not have the ability to travel in a distraction-free zone.
Fortunately, even making small efforts on your part could help you drive more safely. You may wish to practice certain safety measures yourself, and you may also wish to help guide your teen driver on how certain actions could help him or her avoid causing an accident. Distracted driving is a leading cause of car crashes, and you certainly do not want to end up at fault for such an incident.
In some cases, you may have to drive the carpool for your kids' activities or maybe you often drive your kids, friends or other family members. While having other people in the vehicle can make trips more enjoyable, they can also act as a major distraction. Holding conversations with your passengers, attempting to referee fights between the kids in the backseat or even allowing others to play loud games or otherwise act in raucous manners could break your driving concentration.
Instead, you may want to limit the number of people inside your vehicle when possible and perhaps enact rules that could help keep activity to a minimum. For instance, you may tell your kids to listen to music with headphones or read books instead of engaging in other louder, more distracting activities.
Stow the cell phone
Of course, cell phones act as one of the most distracting objects inside a vehicle. Even when individuals use hands-free technology to take calls or send messages, their minds are still off the task of driving. Therefore, you and your teen driver could help yourselves drive more safely by keeping your cellphones purposefully out of reach, on silent and out of mind. In the event that a call needs making or a message sent, safely stop the vehicle and pull off the road before doing so.
Trying to do multiple activities at once often means you cannot devote full attention to any single thing. When it comes to carrying out various activities behind the wheel, safe driving is often the neglected act. Operating a vehicle should have the entirety of the driver's focus, and when he or she attempts to eat or change the radio station, focus becomes split and driving becomes less safe.
Unfortunately, even if you take the time to remain safe on the road and teach your kids to drive safely, you and others on the road are still at risk. Another driver could easily succumb to various distractions and cause an accident that leaves you or your child seriously injured.