Driving takes up a significant portion of the day for most Americans. In fact, the average American spends 87 minutes a day behind the wheel, and drivers who commute to work spend over 100 minutes a day in the car. With such a large portion of our lives spent behind the wheel, we would like to offer some simple tips to help improve your driving experience.
1. Reduce multitasking
In many states, drivers can receive tickets for second-degree negligent driving if they are engaged in an activity that leads to negligent driving and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property. This includes talking on the phone, using other electronic devices, eating, applying makeup or any other activity that diverts the driver’s attention from the road. We recommend the following to keep you safe on the road:
- Minimize your use of your cell phone. Several studies have shown that you are more likely to be involved in an accident if you are talking on the phone, even if you are using a Blue Tooth device.
- Limit eating in the car. If you must eat in the car, choose items that are easy to hold and can be easily eaten with one hand.
2. Improve comfort and convenience
- Fully set up your vehicle’s “infotainment” center. Be sure to take the extra time to configure all of your radio presets to your favorite stations and to update clocks, configure GPS settings, and integrate your mobile phone’s address book. These shortcuts will help eliminate distraction and keep more of your attention on the road.
- Make sure your seat and mirrors are adjusted properly. Making adjustments to your car while driving can be dangerous. If you share a vehicle with friends or family members, make sure to make the proper adjustments each and every time you get into your car.
- Remove roof racks when not in use. This will both decrease wind noise and improve fuel economy.
- Wear comfortable clothing and bring a hanger for bulky and uncomfortable garments.
3. Maintain your vehicle’s safety features
- Change your wiper blades regularly and use window treatments like Rain X to improve visibility and decrease window fogging. If you live in an area with excessive rain or snow it is helpful to change blades and treat windows every few months.
- Check your tires frequently. Tires that are worn, under-inflated, or out-of-balance, will increase road noise, decrease fuel economy and increase the likelihood of accidents.
4. Avoid traveling on dates with excessive traffic.
- Commuting to work can be stressful enough, so plan vacations to minimize peak traffic driving. Consider traveling on Thursday or Saturday during a 3 day weekend to avoid Friday traffic.
Please consider these tips when planning your commute or your next vacation. Have a safe and fun summer!