Do you still abide by all of the rules drilled into you by your driving school instructor? Or do you let driving distractions get in the way of the driver training you worked so hard to get? Distractions while driving can prove to be deadly. Remember your driving school instructions and keep an eye out for these common driving distractions.
Just Say No to Cell Phones
Cell phones are one of the biggest distractions for any driver. In Illinois, use of wireless phones is not allowed while driving if you are under 19 years of age unless it is an emergency. Texting while driving is also illegal in Illinois, no matter what your age. Aside from legalities, talking and texting take your attention away from the road and it only takes a split second for something to happen. The best way to prevent an accident is to keep your attention focused at all times, which means absolutely no texting while driving. If you must make a call or text someone, pull over and do so safely.
Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
When you took your driving test at the completion of driving school, your distractions were surely limited. It’s also much easier to pay attention when you are being judged on how well you are paying attention. Fill your car with a bunch of your friends, however, and you might find yourself more interested in their conversation than the road in front of you. New drivers in Illinois are not allowed to have more than one non-family passenger under 20 years of age in the car for this very reason. If you’ve passed this mandatory waiting period and are able to carry around more of your friends, be aware that more friends often equals more distractions.
No Food or Drink
One messy hamburger or burrito is all it takes. The mere act of eating while driving can take your eyes away from the road for just long enough that you don’t see the cars slamming on their brakes in front of you. Do your eating before or after you get behind the wheel. You’ll keep your car clean, and you will greatly reduce your risk for accidents.
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