Dis­trac­tion is en­emy of ac­tion for com­muters

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

THE daily com­mute can of­ten get repet­i­tive and could tempt you to look to your car for en­ter­tain­ment.

A favourite song may come to mind or even the thought of call­ing some­one from a hand held mo­bile phone to pass time.

Here are some driv­ing tips to avoid dis­trac­tions from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man.

Most crashes ac­tu­ally hap­pen close to home, so en­sure fa­mil­iar­ity does not breed con­tempt by keep­ing your fo­cus.

Glanc­ing away from the road ahead even for a few sec­onds can make you miss that vi­tal clue of a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion de­vel­op­ing.

Multi-task­ing is a myth – even the short­est phone call or text is tak­ing your at­ten­tion away from the road, so talk­ing on the phone whilst driv­ing is a big ‘no.’

Even though you may have de­vices in place such as blue­tooth head­sets or hand free these can be very dis­tract­ing and we rec­om­mend not us­ing de­vices such as these.

If you can’t stop your­self us­ing the smart­phone put it in the boot!

Avoid smok­ing when driv­ing.

It is very easy for hot ash to get ev­ery­where and cause ac­ci­dents.

Eat and drink at home. Eat­ing and drinking on the road not only takes your eyes off the road but dropped food or spilt drinks don’t mix with smooth driv­ing.

Dis­tracted driv­ers swerve from lane to lane, drive too close to the car in front or re­act too slowly.

All of these ac­tions can bring you to the at­ten­tion of the po­lice who can is­sue a care­less driv­ing ticket at the road­side – as well as be­ing a dan­ger to other road users.

Get your playlist ready be­fore you set off for your jour­ney.

This lim­its the amount of fid­dling with mu­sic and au­dio con­trols or try­ing to plug in loose wires.

Even con­sider a drive with­out mu­sic; you may en­joy it.

Richard said: “If you take your driv­ing se­ri­ously then it lim­its the chances of dis­trac­tion.

“Pro­cess­ing all the in­for­ma­tion from around your ve­hi­cle, tak­ing up the right po­si­tion on the road and mak­ing smooth progress are more than enough to oc­cupy all your brain power.

“The best driv­ers can pre­dict risky sit­u­a­tion well be­fore they can cause a prob­lem.

“Al­low­ing your­self to be dis­tracted com­pletely un­der­mines that skill.”

Eat and drink be­fore leav­ing for work and don’t even think about mak­ing a call on your mo­bile phone

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