One of the first and most important things you learn when you’re learning to drive is that safety on the road is imperative. Failure to do so could lead to injury of others, personal injury, death, and even property damage. That’s why it’s important that your concentration levels while driving are at their best at all times. It’s understandable that there are plenty of things that could distract you when you’re on the road, so that’s why we’ve created a quick guide on how to aid concentration when you’re driving.
Singing along to music in the car is great fun, but more often than you’d think, a distraction caused by music leads to an accident. By all means, listen to music in the car as in some ways it can aid concentration, but make sure that you’re keeping it at a sensible level.
Children argue, babies cry, and this can quickly lead to distraction from driving which, of course, could lead to an accident. There are plenty of ways in which you can occupy your children in the car to avoid this happening such as:
- Portable DVD players (with headphones)
- Their favourite music
- Car toys for children
- Playing a game of ‘I spy’ between themselves
One of the biggest causes of distraction and indeed, accidents is devices in the car. Whether you’ve got a phone, laptop, or tablet, put it where you can’t see it while you’re driving. Even as much as a simple glance at your devices could distract you from the road and cause you to veer off track. Seriously, put them away.
We understand that sometimes you may want to answer your phone, and although there are such things as bluetooth headsets to help you here, the cause of the phone call could indeed, cause you to lose concentration. Stay safe and pull over if needed to answer your phone, tend to the children, or to do anything but concentrate on the road.
Finally, we know how difficult it can be when you’re on a long journey and you’re struggling to concentrate. While coffee is a great way of getting some caffeine into the system, water is always the best way of keeping the mind alert. Keep a bottle of water in your car for instances like this, or at least until you’re able to safely stop somewhere to rest.