A Look Into How And Why We Get Distracted While Driving
Here's what you need to know about how and why we lose focus while driving.
Cedric Jackson

Recent improvements in technology allow people to stay more connected than ever.

With texting, social media, and internet access just about everywhere we go, it can be easy to get distracted by what’s always popping up on your phone or computer. But the fact is, while these tools may be helpful, they are causing us to become more and more distracted. And as we lose focus, we have less of an ability to get done what needs to be done. This leads to a lot of wasted time, and when it comes to driving, it can even be downright dangerous.

What are some ways in which distraction affects us?

Well, studies show that it happens a lot in the workplace. Because people often use computers or other devices while they’re working, they have access to almost limitless information and entertainment on the web. Plus, popup notifications make it easy to see when somebody has messaged or emailed you, and it’s natural to want to reply right away.

But perhaps the most dangerous kind of distraction is the kind that happens when you are driving. There are a ton of different factors that can distract you while you driving, but cell phones are one of the top culprits.

This can make driving really dangerous. It has been shown that people using their cell phones are four times more likely to end up in an accident. That means that countless people are putting their lives and others’ lives at risk every day just by being distracted on the road.

Cell phones are not our only distractions in modern life, though.

More than ever before, people are living fast-paced lifestyles that often require quite a bit of multitasking. Eating or drinking coffee in the car, dealing with children, or simply adjusting the radio while driving can all be just as dangerous as using a cell phone.

So, how do can you put an end to the distractions that are making you less productive and even putting your life at risk? There are several solutions that can be easy with a little bit of willpower.

When you’re in the car, one of the best ways to minimize distractions is to put your phone away.

By leaving it in your purse, pocket, or glove box, you will be less tempted to reply to messages or emails as soon as you get them. Instead, you can focus on the road.

If you regularly find yourself distracted by the radio, try coming up with a playlist that you arrange ahead of time. That way, you won’t be scrambling through your phone or multiple radio stations to try to find something to listen to.

When it comes to the workplace, your best bet is to turn off all of those notifications that come through on your computer.

Set a scheduled time to handle your emails. Outside of those designated time frames, you don’t have to be checking your email constantly. As far as social media notifications go, turn them off completely. You can look at them when you’re back home and out of the office.

All of these solutions can help you minimize distractions both on the road and in the workplace. Hopefully, by following these tips, you can become safer and more productive. It’s easy to limit distractions as long as you can try to consciously change your habits.

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By Cedric Jackson
Cedric Jackson is a contributor at SBLY Media.