There's a lot of things a driver must pay attention to on the road - traffic, unexpected hazards, and pedestrians. There are also distractions that occur in the vehicle, such as other passengers, the radio, and a driver's mobile devices. The Center for Transportation Safety offers helpful tips to drivers on preventing distracted driving.
- Focus on driving, actively scan the road, and use mirrors to watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Store loose gear and possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the vehicle.
- Make adjustments before traveling: GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls, and sound systems.
- Avoid eating messy foods while driving; this could be difficult to manage.
- Put aside electronic distractions. Don't use mobile devices while driving. Even vehicles with built-in features like talk-to-text and Bluetooth can ultimately become a distraction to a driver.
- If you have passengers, enlist their help so you can be vigilant while driving.