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Tips to stay focused while driving – Distractions while driving are a dangerous and common occurrence on today’s roads. It is estimated that driver distraction could play a role in 20-30% of all road collisions in this country. This means that driver distraction could be a contributory factor in over 1,400 fatal and injury collisions annually (Source: Road Safety Authority)

Mobile phones and texting are part of the problem, but any activity that diverts attention from driving presents a risk. Take charge of eliminating distractions to focus on the road ahead with our handy tips.

Tips to stay focused while driving

Don’t Groom and Drive

It can be tempting to finalize grooming rituals in the car, especially if you’re running late, but it’s pretty hazardous to your concentration. Attempting to put on makeup, shave, fix your hair, or finish getting dressed is something that should be saved for the parking lot (while your car is in the parked position), or probably more appropriately, a bathroom on your break. If you absolutely must do these things in the car, find someone else to do the driving, or consider switching to a lighter grooming routine

Run the Fan or Air Conditioning to Avoid Drowsiness

Warm temperatures can make you drowsy, which is the last thing you want when you’re trying to focus on the road. Try running the fan or air conditioning in your car (or even rolling the windows down) to keep the air circulating and your brain alert. Sometimes, the extra noise can help snap you out of a lull, as well.

Keep Tunes At Reasonable Level
There is a time and place for cranking the tunes, but in the car, driving, is not that place! The louder the music is, the more your attention is going to drift from the actual task at hand, which (again) is simply to drive your car. Loud music also makes it pretty difficult to listen for approaching emergency vehicles, the police, construction equipment, or anything else that may come up on the road.

Keep Conversations Light

Talking to the people in your car is perfectly acceptable, and can even help to keep you alert on long excursions, but it’s probably best to stick to topics that don’t require a lot of effort on your part. Having deep, in-depth conversations while enjoying a delicious beverage in a cafe is one thing trying to do that while driving can cause a lot of distraction. If you think a topic is veering toward something that is likely to make you emotional and less able to drive safely and coherently, suggest a change of topic!

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