Driving is enjoyable for a lot of people, but it’s important to remember that it’s a complex activity that requires your full attention. Cognitive distractions, such as talking on the phone, can lead to inattention and cause a crash. Jamie Bell, Geisinger operations manager for rehabilitation, knows this all too well — in 2008, her brother was killed by a distracted driver.
Eliminate distractions inside your vehicle and minimize activities that require you to take your eyes off the road, especially in heavy traffic.
Before you embark on your next journey:
- Program your GPS
- Set your radio station
- Adjust your seats and mirrors
- Regulate your heating/cooling controls
- Secure loose objects
- Set your phone to “Do not disturb” while driving
- Never text and drive
- Take a nap, if needed, and do not drive if you’re drowsy
Make a pledge to yourself (and everyone around you) to just drive — and arrive alive.