5 Top Driving Distractions to Avoid

driving distractionsThere are many driving distractions we encounter daily, here are the five top driving distractions you should avoid. When driving, you’re supposed to keep your hands positioned at the ten o’clock and two o’clock position, make sure your mirrors are set to see your blind spots and rear-view, and don’t have any distractions. That is, at least, according to your Driver’s Ed instructors. But in the real world, there are so many distractions that can come your way while driving, especially in the technological age.


How many times do you hear “texting and driving don’t mix” on TV?  That’s because they don’t. It’s too easy to get distracted reading and sending texts. Even if you take your eye off the road for only a moment to read or respond to a text, that could be one moment too many.

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Talking on the Phone

Talking on your cell phone can be just as distracting as texting, even with a hands-free device. You could pay too much attention to your conversation and not enough to the road. You also risk the chance of the call being cut off and having to take your eyes off of the road to call the person back.

Texting while driving

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Applying Makeup

It may sound unusual, but there are women on the road who are in a rush to get to work and try to use the time in their car to fix their hair and makeup. Although this may be fine while stopped at a red light for a minute, it is highly dangerous to do this while driving. It only takes a moment to miss a car pulling in front of you while you’re looking in the mirror to apply lipstick. Then, next thing you know, you’ve hit another car.


Playing with the Radio

You may think that quickly changing the station won’t cause you to be distracted from the road, but if you look away at the wrong time, you could miss a car pulling out in front of you or a person trying to cross the street. Save the channel surfing for a red light, or listen to your favorite CD or satellite radio station, which comes standard in most cars now, including the Ford Fusion.

Reading a Map

No matter how careful you think you’re being, reading a map the entire time you’re traveling to your destination is very distracting. You could miss seeing someone pull out on the road in front of you, a light changing, or an oncoming stop sign. With today’s technology, you can ditch the map and use a GPS device instead. It will give you step-by-step directions without ever having to take your eyes off of the road.

These five top driving distractions can be more devastating than you may realize. Although you may only cause a small fender bender, you could also cause a big accident that leads to severe injuries for everyone involved. For safety’s sake, you’re better off avoiding these distractions and paying closer attention to the road and surroundings while you drive.

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  2. Hannah Newberry says:

    I saw a woman reading while driving once. Literally reading a novel while driving on the highway. I tend to get distracted looking at animals and birds when I drive, but I’m good about not texting or anything like that.

    • I hate to admit that I do read in the car but usually that is because I trust the driver and feel no need to keep an eye on them. Definitely not while am driving though, I think that will be a little too careless, when as you said it is hard enough ignoring other distractions.

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