To drive safely, it’s important to be able to recognize and minimize the danger of driver distractions.
Writing in the Autumn edition of Good Motoring, the member magazine of GEM Motoring Assist, road safety author Sandra Macdonald-Ames picked through the range of distractions that can compromise safety and offered some simple tips for eliminating them.
“Where drivers divide their attention between the main task of driving and a secondary, distracting task, there will be a negative effect on driving performance,” Sandra Macdonald-Ames said. “Sensible lane choice can disappear, reactions are slowed, observations become more fixed, all-round scanning stops, drivers get too close up behind others and find it hard to keep speeds consistent. They feel less in control of the environment, they are more likely to become stressed, and this can lead to tiredness and/or anger.
“But the good news is that we can banish just about any distraction, as long as we want to. This is best achieved through straightforward self-discipline and sensible journey planning.”