Drinking and driving is illegal. That’s not shocking news.
I think at this point, we all understand the consequences of getting behind the wheel while under the influence, and if we’re smart, we don’t do it.
But you know what else is just as dangerous? Distracted driving. How much do you know about distracted driving?
You can be 100% sober, but if you’re texting or curling your eyelashes while you drive, you’re putting other people, yourself included, at risk.
So here are a couple of safe-driving tips, because you guys are all my friends, and I’d like you to stay as safe as possible.
1. Put down your phone
Need a fancy math statistic? They say texting while driving takes our eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. So if you’re traveling at 55 mph, that means you’re driving the length of an entire football field completely blind. I don’t have to tell you that that’s a bad thing.
I know! It’s hard! You just posted a photo on Instagram and you’re dying to see how many likes you’ve gotten. I get it. I’ve been there. I’ve been guilty of needing to check my phone 35,784 times a day – even while driving. But no, that needs to stop. Whether you’re texting, on social media, or simply checking the news, dude- it can wait. Put your phone down and pick it back up once you’ve made it to your destination safely.
2. If you have to eat, park and eat
Boy, this one’s important. And it’s something that we don’t even think about because we’re always on the go. Driving and eating has just become a thing we all do. When I’m heading to work, I’ll usually stop by Starbucks and pick up some breakfast. And while I’m running errands, I’ll typically grab some fast food for a quick meal. It’s easy. It’s convenient. But it’s also SUPER DISTRACTING.
I made the mistake one time of trying to eat tacos while on the road. Big mistake. You CANNOT eat tacos while you’re driving. It’s just not safe at all. They’re messy enough when you’re sitting down at a restaurant and that’s the only thing you’re focusing on, so imagine trying to eat them while fighting through traffic and trying to avoid making a mess in your lap. Not easy. Not safe. So don’t do it. Find a parking spot and take 3 minutes to enjoy your meal safely.
3. Playlists + podcasts are your friend
Instead of changing your music fifty thousand times which takes your attention off the road, how about setting up an amazing playlist that you can’t get enough of? Music not your thing? That’s fine. Find a podcast about something you’re interested in and listen to that on your way to your next stop. I listen to podcasts ALL THE TIME and they’re typically 30-mins to an hour which gets me to where I want to go without having to change what I’m listening to and keeps my eyes on the road.
4. Set your GPS before you start your car
I’ve been living in Miami for all 26 years of my life, but if I had to drive without Google Maps, I don’t think I’d get very far. I need my GPS in order to go ANYWHERE. Except my momma’s house. I’ve got that route down pact. So yeah, I totally understand needing to use a GPS, but for the love of God, please don’t try to input directions while you’re driving. Do it before! Before you step into your car, before you buckle up, figure out where you’re going and set up your GPS.
5. Get up 5 minutes early to do your makeup
I went through a phase where I’d religiously do my makeup in the car every single day. Why? Because I was too lazy to wake up a tiny bit earlier and I was always rushing to get to work on time. In between traffic lights I’d apply my makeup and everything was going okay until I almost poked my eye out with my eyeliner. That was NOT a good day.
Take it from me and put down the mascara while you’re driving. Wake up 5 minutes earlier and do your makeup at home because really, it’s just not safe. You might think you’re a pro at on-the-go makeup application, but if you’re trying to make sure you don’t have foundation streaks on your face, there’s no possible way you can be paying attention to the road.
So that’s it! Any other safe driving tips you recommend?
This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.
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