How can I avoid distracted driving?

As a Tennessee driver you know that safety is crucial when behind the wheel. However, keeping distractions at bay while driving can be difficult, especially with smartphones and GPS in every vehicle. Geico offers the following advice in this case, which will help you preserve the safety of yourself as well as other drivers.

Don’t Drive While Tired

Drowsy driving can be deadly in some instances. Much like drunk driving, driving while tired can impair your ability to react and you may even fall asleep behind the wheel. If you’re on a long trip, make sure you take breaks and get enough rest. Refrain from stopping for a quick cup of coffee, as this can result in even more fatigue after the inevitable drop in energy levels.

Don’t Eat & Drive

People on the go may cut time by having meals in their vehicle. Not only is this bad for digestion, but it can also be a distraction. While you’re eating you’ll need to take your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road. In a split second you could encounter a dangerous situation and not have the ability to avoid it.

Don’t Use Your Smartphone

Even handsfree devices can be problematic when driving. That’s because just having a conversation is a form of distraction, which can affect your ability to pay attention. If you encounter an emergency situation and must call for help, try to move over to the side of the road to make the call. Otherwise, keep your phone on silent and out of reach until you make it to your destination.

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