How to Limit Distractions While Driving


If you've never had a distracted moment while driving, you are one of very few people who can say so. Even the most careful of drivers have close calls every now and then. It's so easy to become distracted, even for just a second when driving, but as we all know, even a split second can change a life forever when something goes awry behind the wheel. Technology has come a long way in aim to help limit distractions for drivers, but some of the newest onboard technology in vehicles can be just as distracting to a driver who hasn't quite mastered how to use it properly.



Many states have passed laws which require hands-free driving. This means that drivers are not able to talk on or use their cellphones while driving. This is especially helpful for those who are new drivers or become easily distracted by their phones while driving. As a personal rule, I don't like to talk on the phone while driving, even though my state isn't a handsfree state yet. It's so distracting, even when you think you're being a safe driver. So many accidents occur because drivers just aren't paying attention. That last text just has to be answered... or does it?

When shopping for newer vehicles, it makes sense to look for something within your price range which offers newer technology. So many makes and models now come standard with back up cameras, onboard calling features, Bluetooth technology, etc. This is to make for safer driving experiences, and to help limit distractions while driving. If you don't know how to use these features, however, trying to figure them out while you're driving isn't the right time to do it.

After my husband and I purchased our newest vehicle, the backup camera and being able to stream music into the car from our Spotify playlists was all new to us. The day we got home with our new vehicle, we grabbed the user manual and brought it inside the house to read through it. We wanted to know how to work everything, and we managed our settings, loaded in playlists, got our pre-set on the front seats in the right positions, etc- before ever leaving our driveway.

I've already discovered that my handy screen can be distracting. I use voice activation for everything I possibly can to avoid having to glance away to look at the screen. If you have questions about how the technology aspect of your new car works, take the time to ask questions before you leave the dealership. The knowledgable staff will be able to help you figure out how to properly work everything you may be befuddled by or can point you in the right direction to find answers in your car's manual.


If you do have to make a call or send a text, and you haven't quite mastered using your car's technology to do so, pull over to a safe place and turn the engine off. Keep windows cracked open for air circulation, and keep doors locked while you safely make your call or send your text.

Embarrassed about asking for help? Don't be! Don't let your pride get in the way of gaining important information that might just save a life. Dealership staff is there to assist customers and answer any and all questions.

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