Today’s vehicles are smarter than ever. Self-driving systems, adaptive cruise control and automatic braking represent leaps forward in safety. Yet it’s never been more necessary to keep your eyes on the road.
The proximity of our cell phones makes texting and driving tempting. And while touch screen consoles may be easier to use than buttons and knobs, they’re also easier to become immersed in. If these devices distract you, these tips may make you think twice before taking your eyes off the road.
Distracted driving causes crashes
Distracted driving causes over one million crashes each year, as well as over 3,000 fatalities. Many of these collisions were the result of texting while driving, an act that 47 states have banned. If you’re about to glance up at your phone while on the road, remember that it’s not only unsafe – it’s illegal.
Technology only does so much
The advent of smart technology in automobiles can make us safer – if we use it for good. Some people believe these technologies mean they can watch movies, sleep, or send a text while on the road. Though these systems can allow you to take your hands off the wheel for a moment, they are fallible. Even if you use these assists, staying focused on the road can save you if you need to override them.
Hands-free is the way to be
If you must make a call, send a message or change a song, make sure you sync your phone with your vehicle’s Bluetooth system. Most newer vehicles come equipped with it, yet many motorists have no idea how to use it. By giving voice commands to your device, you can stay focused on the road while performing otherwise distracting tasks.
While driving has dangers, you can make your commute and travels safer by keeping your eyes on the road. At the very least, you’ll set a good example for other motorists. And your attentiveness could prevent accidents and save lives, too.