Humans are always tempted and enjoy doing the wrong things better than doing the right things.
Distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing. FRSC Establishment Act 2007, Section 10 (4), prohibits the use of phones while driving , offenders will be fined the sum of N4,000
Driving distractions include:
• Talking on a cell phone or;
• Applying makeup:
• Using a GPS;
• Changing the radio station, inserting a CD, or scrolling for music on your MP3 player; and
Getting distracted by passengers.
There are three main types of driving distractions:
• Visual – taking your eyes off the road;
• Manual – taking your hands off the wheel; and
• Cognitive – taking your mind off the task of driving.
Tips in handling distractions while driving
1. Limit passengers- passengers can pose a major distraction to drivers, pull over at a safe place to address any back seat issues or argument with your children and even adults. Never drive with your eyes in the back seat.
2. Turn off your phone or put it on vibration when you get in the car. Stop somewhere safe to answer incoming calls and text messages. Ask whoever is riding with you to make a call or answer a text on your behalf.
3. Familiarize yourself with the features in your car. You should be able to turn on your wipers, heat, air conditioning, etc. without taking your eyes off the road.
4. Eat before leaving, or park somewhere to do that. If you feel it is inappropriate to eat while walking on the street then why eat and drive.
5. If you use a GPS, don’t try and enter an address or a location while driving, do that before you start driving or do that in a safe place.
6. Make sure you tune the radio to your preferred station before driving out.
7. Don’t rush in to drive when you receive upsetting news or have an argument, let yourself regain your focus and composure or tell a friend to drive you home.
8. Don’t drive if you’re tired.