5 Things You Should Never Do While Driving
Life is busy and there seems to be so few hours in a day to get things done, so we try to multitask and get as many things done at once as we can. Sometimes, though, we need to slow down and only do one thing at a time because it requires our full concentration. Driving is one of these things: there’s so much going on when you’re driving and you need to pay attention to all of the drivers around you. Even if your day is so busy you feel like you’ll never get everything done, here are 5 things you should never do while driving.
Respond to a Text
Texting while driving is incredibly distracting: you need to look at the phone to push the right buttons and that takes your eyes off the road. It has actually become a law in Ontario that you cannot text while driving. The message can wait, arrive safely to your destination.
Finish Getting Ready
Mornings are busy, and we all want just those 5 extra minutes of sleep so you’re rushing out the door trying to make it to work on time. As you were rushing you didn’t have time to finish getting ready, but you should never try to apply make up or do your hair while you’re driving.
Lean Over to Pick Something Up
As you were driving along you had to turn or stop suddenly and your phone or other gadget fell under the seat. You don’t want to lose it completely so you reach down to pick it up but this is a really bad idea. It can cause you to swerve and take your eyes off the road, so you have no idea what’s really happening. If it’s that important you get the item, pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot so that you can properly search for it.
Have an Emotional Conversation
While talking hands free does allow you to have full control over your vehicle, you should never have a heated or highly emotional conversation while you’re driving. Operating a vehicle requires your attention, focus and most of all you need to remain level headed. If you’re talking to someone and getting upset, it will definitely translate into your driving and you could end up in an accident or hurting someone. If you’re upset, or need to have an emotional conversation, park your car or save it for later.
Drive While Drowsy
It’s not uncommon to feel a little tired in the morning or after a long day at work, but if you’re struggling to stay awake then you need to find someone else to drive you or wait until you are alert enough to get yourself home. If you’re already driving and are suddenly tired, you can roll down the windows or blast some music to keep you alert until you are home or can stop safely and rest for a while.
If you practice any of these things while driving you could be risking the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers – even getting in an accident where your car cannot be driven and needs to be towed away to a repair shop. For the safety of everyone, focus on the road and get to your destination.