How To Avoid Distractions In The Car?

We are all aware that cars are dangerous. They are weapons that can kill without intention. Driving a car whilst distracted increases the chance of an accident and someone being killed. You should avoid being distracted behind the wheel at all costs and here are a few ways of avoiding that. 

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The Government have recently introduced harsher sentences for those caught using a mobile phone whilst driving. There is further talk of others things being made illegal including eating and drinking whilst driving. Drinking alcohol and driving is already an offence. All of these things can lead to you being distracted and are therefore dangerous.

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Store any loose items

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When we are driving, the last thing we need is to have things rolling on the seat next to us or in the footwell. It causes noise and movement in the corners of our eyes, which takes our focus away from the road. It becomes dangerous when we reach over whilst driving to pick items up off the floor because they are distracting us to that point we aren’t focusing on the road at all.

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Before you set off, pack away any loose items that may become a distraction whilst driving. Put bottles or cans into cupholders and place everything else in the boot or in the cubbies around the interior of your car. Just make sure no item can roll into sight whilst you are driving.

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Keep those emotions away from the steering wheel

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One of the most distracting things, when we are driving, is our minds. When we drive feeling angry or stressed or ill or generally emotional, we are a threat. Our emotions often get the better of us and driving is a bad place for that to occur. When we are angry, we often accelerate aggressively, change lanes suddenly without indicating, and we brake harshly without warning to other drivers. Driving whilst emotional makes us a threat.

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If you do drive under the influence of negative emotions, then find a safe space to pull over and relax. Take deep breaths to slow your breathing and your heart rate. Just take as long as you need to take control and calm down. When you are calm, then you may start driving again.  

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Don’t drive whilst drowsy

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Lack of sleep can make you just as dangerous a driver as being drunk. In fact, they have similar effects on your concentration and reaction times. If you are feeling drowsy, pull over in a safe space, like a service station if on the motorway and catch up on some sleep. It is better than falling asleep at the wheel and the consequences that can follow.

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sleepy driving

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Don’t drink and drive

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If you are drinking alcohol