4 Distractions Which Can Affect Your Driving

Under Australian law, any driver who uses a mobile phone is liable to a $308 fine and a $60 victim surcharge. The reason for this is because using a mobile phone can distract a driver and cause them to drive dangerously and cause accidents. However, while not illegal, there are many other distractions which can create potentially dangerous situations for drivers. Below is a guide to 4 things which can affect your concentration when you are driving. 

Passengers

It is common for drivers to joke about backseat drivers, usually a wife or husband offering useless or unwanted advice. However, this is no laughing matter. Passengers can create serious distractions for drivers causing them to lose concentration. While it is possible to have a conversation while concentrating on your driving, the conversation should be carried out on your terms. If road conditions are difficult or if you reach a busy junction, you should not be afraid of asking your passengers to quiet down a for a moment as you need to concentrate.

Insects

If a fly or other insect enters your car while you are driving, this can create a serious distraction. If an insect is flying around your face and distracting you, you should not make any violent motions to try and swat it away. Doing so may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Instead, you should pull over in a safe spot at the side of the road and open all the doors and windows to allow the insect to escape. To prevent insects from entering your car, you should use the air conditioning system and avoid opening the windows when driving.

Tiredness

Tiredness can have a major impact on your ability to concentrate on the road and other traffic. You do not need to fall asleep at the wheel to put yourself at risk. Signs that you are tired include:

  • Selecting the wrong gear
  • Missing your exit
  • Excessive blinking
  • Late braking

If you notice any of these signs, you should pull over at the next motorway services and take a break. Have a short nap followed by a cup of coffee before you continue your journey.

Emotional Upset

If you are upset because of a recent argument or some bad news, you should not jump straight into your car. When you are feeling emotional, you may not be able to pay full attention to the road or other road users. You should take some time out to calm down before you get behind the wheel.

If you would like more information about safe driving, you should contact a driving school today.


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