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Tips for Staying Focused on the Road

3 Ways to Increase Focus Behind the Wheel

Staying focused when behind the wheel is one essential skill any driver can and should learn. Although this seems like an easy task to accomplish, distracted or inattentive driving is one of the most common causes of collisions annually.

Before heading out for your morning commute, consider these three tips for ensuring you stay focused on the task at hand.

#1. Limit Distractions

Eliminating distractions behind the wheel is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you can stay focused. From handheld electronic devices and finishing your getting-ready routine to eating and drinking, even seemingly mundane tasks can pose a risk to your safety. Additionally, conversations with passengers can take your attention off the road as you turn to engage with them.

Although some of these distractions are an inevitable part of your everyday life, especially for parents with young children, it's important to reduce the controllable ones where you can.

#2. Get Good Quality Sleep

Getting behind the wheel when tired can be one of the most significant factors that takes your focus away from driving. Nodding off, yawning, and disorientation can make you lose focus for even a second and contribute to an increased risk of an accident.

If you have no choice but to drive following a poor night of sleep, try turning up the cold air since this can make you more alert.

#3. Secure Everything Before You Leave

Far too many accidents result from people changing the radio, temperature, or getting distracted by something falling over in the backseat. One of the easiest ways to remedy this, so you aren't concerned with all these external factors, is to ensure everything is good to go before leaving. This means picking a radio station or playlist and sticking to it, finding the most comfortable temperature, and securing all loose items before even turning the vehicle on.

Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley encourages safe driving behaviors and holds individuals responsible for not doing so. Our team has a successful track record of keeping negligent drivers accountable for their injury-causing actions behind the wheel. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (530) 413-0245.