What Are the Most Common Types of Distractions That Can Lead to a Ticket?

Common Types of Distractions That Can Lead to a TicketWe all know that distracted driving is dangerous driving, but most of us associate distracted driving with driving while using our smartphones. There are some very pedestrian ways to distract yourself while driving that you might not even think about; but you should. Put safety first, and drive without distraction.

Overlooked Driving Distractions

There are several common driving distractions that often go overlooked but that can adversely affect your safe driving:

  • Keep your hands on the wheel – when you take your hands off your steering wheel to grab your sunglasses or sip your coffee, you have less control of your vehicle and you are likely to react more slowly if something unexpected happens on the road. Get everything you need for your trip ready before you head out, and keep your hands on the wheel whenever possible.
  • Don’t be distracted by your car’s console – if you’re changing the radio station, fussing with your temperature control, or fiddling with your GPS, you are distracted and that can be dangerous. Input your destination, select a comfortable temperature range, and set your radio before you head out.
  • Don’t eat and drive – busy lives and fast-food drive-throughs just go together, but it’s not a good idea to eat while you drive; it’s distracting. Furthermore, hot drinks and messy foods can spill and lead to accidents.
  • Don’t drive with Rover – of course you love your pets, but an unrestrained pet can easily become a devastating distraction.
  • Don’t be too chatty – talking with other people in the car takes your mind off the road and can be a dangerous distraction; limit your conversations.
  • Don’t rush off before you’re ready – trying to multitask your way to work is dangerous. Whether you’re mentally rehearsing for the big meeting or physically getting ready for the day (brushing your teeth, applying concealer, or pulling on a sweater), you are putting yourself and others in danger. Get ready before heading out the door; it’s better to be late and arrive safe.

Don’t drive distracted. Any of these common distractions can lead to a traffic-violation charge in New Jersey.

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