We live in a fast-paced society. We are always linked and easily distracted, whether we like it or not. This is a potentially lethal combo. Particularly while getting behind the wheel of a car. People are getting into more and more accidents as a result of distracted driving. Some of them can even be lethal.
The Problem: Consider the following scenario: You're driving down the road, minding your own business, when your phone rings—a it's text message. You know you shouldn't reach for it (it can wait), but what if it's something crucial? You rummage through your bag in the backseat while keeping an eye on the automobiles to your left. Your phone rings again, your GPS directs you to a different location, and the soy latte in your cup holder falls all over the floor mats. These distractions are all happening around you, and instead of paying attention to the road, you're watching anarchy erupt in your vehicle. That's a tragedy waiting to happen.
Put your phone on silent mode. The phone is the source of so many visual distractions, whether it's checking a text message or charting your route. Turn your phone to quiet to avoid checking it, and if you require a GPS, turn your texts to silent and the volume to loud so you can hear your route. Put your phone in the backseat where you won't be able to reach it if you don't trust yourself to leave it alone.
The Problem with Mental Distractions: Have you ever driven somewhere and had no recollection of how you got there or even if you drove at all? You've just had a mental diversion behind the wheel, and while it's not ideal, it's not unheard of. While driving, it's easy to lose track of time (especially on long, straight lengths of road).
The Solution: Increase your mental activity while driving while keeping your eyes on the road. Try listening to intriguing podcasts, creating a playlist of new tunes, or listening to an audiobook. Maintain vigilance and alertness in your mind. Also, be conscious if your mind wanders, especially if you begin to feel fatigued. If necessary, pull over and relax for a few minutes. Also, to improve your cognitive abilities behind the wheel, consider practising meditation when you're not driving.
The Problem with Manual Distractions: There is no such thing as downtime now. Even while driving, we're programmed to be more active than ever before. This inability to focus is quite dangerous behind the wheel. Manual distractions like as fidgeting with the radio, eating, and conversing with other passengers can take your concentration away from the road.
The Solution: Establish boundaries in your vehicle. Try not to alter the radio, stop over for a bite to eat, and inform any passengers that you can talk but that they must respect the fact that you are driving.