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Five Things We All Need to Stop Doing While Driving

There’s no doubt that texting or fooling around with a cell phone is a major no-no while on the road. Additionally, there are enough adverts and PSAs circulating about it that we can safely leave it off this list. However, there are many other mistakes people make every day while behind the wheel, that simply don’t get enough attention. These are five things everyone should stop doing once they get behind the wheel of a car.

Eating Food
Everyone has busy schedules, and because of this, many are forced to multitask to save time, and get more done. It’s hard to see the harm in eating a breakfast sandwich on the way to work if you’re extremely hungry, but if you’re not paying attention, the road ahead can get scary fast. Wait until you get to your destination to eat your food, or carve out time to eat before you leave.

Reading isn’t one of the more common violations that drivers make while on the road, but it happens nevertheless. It might seem harmless if you’re stuck in traffic, but don’t forget, you’ve got to be ready to drive at any moment. Simply put, books and other reading material have no business in front of your eyes while you’re driving a vehicle. Save books and magazines for quieter times at home.

Applying Makeup
If you’re late for work, it might seem practical to apply makeup while in transit to your job. However, this is yet another common distraction that according to Bronson Jones & Co, has been the root cause of countless deadly wrecks. Simply wait until you arrive at work to apply your makeup in the bathroom, or in the office.

Toying with the Radio
A good tune can make driving a much more enjoyable experience, but paying excessive attention to the radio tuner, or CD player can create a dangerous situation. Frequently looking down to skip songs, or scan radio stations is just as dangerous as texting while driving. This is just another mistake that many drivers make that can easily cause a wreck and require the driver to hire a Vancouver car accident lawyer. If nothing’s doing it for you, just turn off the music for a bit.

Listen to Music Using Ear Buds

Lastly, you should never get into the habit of listening to music using headphones or ear buds. Many of these devices make it difficult to hear or tune into things that are happening around you, and in turn, decrease your awareness while on the road. If your vehicle can’t play music, use your phone or MP3 player to play the music you want to hear from its built-in speakers. You may find that you like the quality of the speakers in the device!

Driving is one of the most dangerous things many of us do daily. Don’t get into bad habits, and try not to do anything mentioned here, and for goodness sake, turn off your phone!

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