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Tips to Avoid Distractions While Driving

April is Distracted Driving Month

Temperatures are not the only things expected to rise this spring and summer. Soon, more do-it-yourself movers will begin to share the road with professional truck drivers.

The added vehicles on the roadway are among the distractions all drivers face and challenge their ability to remain safe when behind the wheel.

April has been designated as Distracted Driving Month to educate drivers about distractions and how to practice good distracted-driving safety habits.

We have assembled tips from AAA as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to help keep motorists, movers and professional drivers safe when sharing the road.

Any situation that competes with a driver’s attention on the road can be considered a distraction to driving. Some examples include talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the stereo, entertainment or navigation system.

AAA suggests drivers adjust things like seats, mirrors and climate controls before starting your journey. Avoid the temptation to reach for possessions that may roll around by storing them away.

Eat meals or snacks before you start your trip. If you decide to eat while driving, avoid messy foods that can take your attention away from driving.

If pets and children need your attention, pull over safely and resist the temptation to reach into the back seat, which can cause you to lose control.

For professional truck drivers, distractions can come from inside and outside their truck cabs.

While passing buildings or billboards, drivers could become distracted and suffer a momentary lack of focus.

Penske offers these additional distracted driving tips:

  • Turn off all unnecessary devices.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Don't multitask
  • Keep your eyes on the road.
  • Drive defensively

By taking steps to minimize driving distractions, no matter how small, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road.

By Move Ahead Staff