Like all busy parents, we can’t escape the need to multi-task. From cooking dinner while helping with homework, to online shopping during conference calls, and even though we know we shouldn’t, sometimes we even text while driving.
But according to the United States Department of Transportation, texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times higher than driving while not distracted. Not surprisingly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that distracted drivers are the leading cause of most crashes.
Given these alarming statistics, we’ve gathered a few helpful tips to help you to stay focused while driving:
- Don’t multi-task in the car. Nothing is more important than keeping yourself and your passengers safe. Everything on your to-do list can wait until you stop driving, including phone calls and text messages.
- Have a co-pilot. Put your phone away and let Figure8’s Driver Assistant update the other carpool parents with real time automated notifications when the kids have been picked up and dropped off. You can just focus on driving.
- Get everything sorted before driving. Before you head out in your car, adjust the seats and mirrors, set the temperature, turn-on the radio or music player and get comfortable so you’ll have fewer distractions while driving.
- Teach your passengers proper behavior. Kids in the back can be awfully distracting, so explain to them how important it is that they behave properly while you’re driving. A game or a snack to keep them entertained during the ride is always a bonus.