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As a parent I take all precautions in making sure my kids are safe when we get in the car. I have bought the correct car seats for their size/age as they've grown and even taken them to car seat clinics to ensure their correct installation. We never drive without them safely buckled in but while I am doing my best to protect them should we ever be in an accident my goal is to do my best to drive safely and ensure that we never have to put those precautions to the test.
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1. Auditory Distractions:
- PROBLEM: While music can be entertaining while you drive, other noises such as fighting kids, loud aggressive music, and questions from the back seat can cause drivers to lose their focus on the road and lead to many accidents.
- SOLUTION: Instead, make sure you have some activities packed to keep the kids busy. Books, colouring, magnetic games, and even in-car movies will help occupy the passengers and allow drivers to focus on the road ahead.
2. Visual Distractions:
- PROBLEM: As fun as a game of "I spy" is to keep kids busy and entertained, taking your eye off traffic and focusing on billboards, licence plates and the scenery around you means that you are taking your eye of the road.
- SOLUTION: Keep visual distractions to a minimum by having the kids play by themselves or with the passenger in the car. Leave the driver to drive.
3. Cognitive Distractions:
- PROBLEM: The car may seem like a great place to think about everything you have to do when you get to the office or get home but in reality, these act as cognitive distractions which in turn can take your mind off the task at hand, safely getting to your destination.
- SOLUTION: Instead, use the car as your place of meditation. Turn off all incoming devices and use this time to re-charge and re-energize so that when you arrive your mind is clear. What other place do you have that no one else can bother you? Take advantage of this 'me' time and allow yourself to focus on the drive and take a time-out from your otherwise hectic life.
4. Manual Distractions:
- PROBLEM: Yes, cell phones are a distraction but so are eating and drinking in the car.
- SOLUTION: Try and keep your manual distractions to a minimum. Take breaks for food and drink rather than consuming them in the car. Not only will this allow you to focus on your driving when in the car, it allows a mental break from driving too. Getting out and stretching your legs while you have a snack is good for both the mind and body.