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Five Distracted Driving Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

Every time each of us gets behind the wheel, it’s easy to forget that we’re essentially driving a 4,000-pound weapon. With a single distraction, we are capable of destroying lives – and not just our own. It is our responsibility and duty as drivers to avoid these deadly distracted driving mistakes.

Using the phone. Time and time again, cell phones rank as the number one cause of distraction for drivers of all ages. Talking on the phone, browsing social media, searching for nearby restaurants, and texting takes our minds, hands, and eyes off the road, making cell phone use while driving as dangerous and deadly as drinking and driving.

Daydreaming. Do you ever get lost inside your own mind? It happens to the best of us, especially when we are bored or have a lot on our mind. If you have ever missed an exit or can’t recall exactly how you got from point A to B, you were probably daydreaming. When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important to keep your focus on the road.

Driving while drowsy. Drowsy driving is an epidemic in the U.S., thanks to our hectic schedules. Drivers need to be able to identify when they are too tired to drive, and pull over for a quick nap.

Grooming. Applying makeup, cutting nails, and eyebrow plucking are just a few of the personal grooming habits that are better left for the bathroom.

Eating and drinking. Eating and drinking may seem harmless enough, but keep in mind that anything that takes your eyes and hands off the task at hand is a distraction. Something as simple as drinking a coffee can become a disaster when some spills in your lap while travelling at 70 mph.

Here at Cronic Nissan, we hope you’ll join us in ditching the distractions, and getting back to basics behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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In today’s busy, connected world, it can be hard to only focus on one thing at a time. But, there is surely no place more important to do this than in your car. Distracted driving is a major problem for drivers here in the United States and to help alleviate it, April has been declared as national Distracted Driving Awareness month.

According to The News Wheel, in 2012, 3,328 drivers were killed in the United States in accidents involving distracted drivers. And, an additional 421,000 people were injured. What makes these numbers even scarier is that at any moment in the U.S., 660,000 drivers are using their phone or other electronic device while driving.

Our smart phones are undoubtedly the biggest culprit when it comes to distracted driving, but other activities can be just as harmful, such as eating while driving, grooming, adjusting your radio, and even talking to other passengers.

While some of these activities may be unavoidable—sometimes, you just have to talk to your kids in the backseat—you should make every attempt to only focus on the road when behind the wheel. One simple way to reduce your distractions is to put your phone away so you can’t see it, like in the glove box or in a storage bin. You can also encourage your passengers to help you keep distractions to a minimum.

Do you need to reduce your distractions while driving? Share the steps you’ll be taking with us in the comments below.