Distraction is one of the major causes of driving crashes involving teens. Using a mobile phone, for example, has drastically increased accident risk for young drivers. In fact, the Centre for Road Safety NSW identifies hand held devices as one of the major contributing factors in moderate-to-severe crashes happened between 2008 and 2013.
Here are the four types of driving distractions:
1) Audio–Noises that distract you attention
2) Visual – Taking your eyes off the road
3) Manual–Taking your hands off the wheel
4) Cognitive–Not keeping your mind focused on driving
There are many things that can distract you while driving. Common ones include:
Using mobile phones, tablets or even using GPS take your eyes and your mind off the road. Reading, texting, and accepting a call are functions that increase the chance of collision.
Learner drivers and even P1 Licence holders in NSW are not allowed to use mobile phones while driving, even with the hands-free function. If drivers need to do something urgent with their device, park before using it or pass it to a passenger.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Driving needs 100% of your focus and both hands should be steering the wheel allowing more control over the car. Activities including eating, sipping on a drink, smoking or changing the music requires you to take your focus and hands off the wheel.
Things outside the Car
There are things outside the car that take away your attention to driving. These include things you see such as billboards, people, shops or anything interesting in the streets. Make sure to keep your eyes on the road ahead.
HOW TO PREVENT DRIVING ACCIDENTS
- Keep eyes on the road
- Drive with both hands on the wheel
- Keep your distance from the car ahead of you
- Wear your seatbelt
- Don’t use your phone
Here at SKS Driving School Glenmore Park, we teach our students tips and recommendations on how to drive safely and efficiently. This prepares them to pass their driving test and become better and responsible drivers. To book your first lesson at this, visit www.sksdrivingschool.com.au.