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What can you do to stay focused on driving behind the wheel?

You are running a little behind and have just started your daily commute to work in California. You have your breakfast on the console and big plans to try and finish your makeup by the time you arrive at work. Unfortunately, these seemingly simple behaviors can pose a major threat to the safety of yourself and others if you try to multitask while driving. So, what can you do to stay focused while you are driving and eliminate the temptation to do other things at the same time?

According to AAA Exchange, many distractions are almost entirely preventable. For example, eating, talking on your phone and programming your GPS are all things that can be done ahead of time or when you arrive at your destination. Other distractions such as talking passengers, a crying child or if you are feeling emotional, are not necessarily preventable, but they can be managed carefully with your full attention. Some of the things you can do to avoid being distracted include the following:

  • Make sure you are fully dressed and ready before you begin driving.
  • Never use your phone behind the wheel. If you need to program your GPS, do it before you leave your house. 
  • If there is an immediate need, find a safe place to pull over and park your car before addressing it. 
  • Keep all cargo secured in a safe place to avoid distractions if things spill or fall to the floor. 
  • Only eat snacks that are clean and easy to manage while driving. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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